Bio Statement + CV
Catherine J. Richardson MFA
Catherine grew up near the Moors and Dales of northern England and attended Art College near London for her BFA.
Moving between California and South England interupts her sense of belonging. Two separate countries merge in identity serving as a portal into the greater human experience.
Referencing history, particulars of place and time become her poetic layering of imagery. Her paintings juxtapose influences gleaned from being in the untamed rural vistas of California, Peru, England, France and Iceland.
After graduating with an MFA from John F Kennedy University, Berkeley Annex, Ca., Catherine was grantee of the Sonoma County Emerging Artist Award.
In 2018 her work won her a First Prize award from “Visions Of Science” exhibition at Bath Edge Arts, University Of Bath, England.
“Everything is always very fortuitous, that’s why I believe in contingency and chance. Things happen because they happen, and they seem to be more important later. It is very interesting to look at all those art historians and how they attribute everything to a deliberate act. It’s not like that—artists aren’t like that.”
The upper mantle of the earth’s crust is the prevalent agent in Richardson’s work. The landscape and landforms are a constant topic revealing a humble position in her connection to a greater force. Her work becomes the cartography of inquiry into geomorphology, landforms and history.
Her paintings juxtapose abstract rock formations and extreme vistas with textures derived from mixing materials and observing natural phenomena. Effects in her work are often gleaned from hiking rural vistas of California, England, France, Peru and Iceland. Walking becomes her tacit learning tool for comprehending terrain.
More recently her residency in 2017 at Laugarvatn, Iceland and exploration of the North Island in 2018 extended her practice into other areas of land appreciation such as historic use, mining, volcanic and glacier activity.
Richardson works in varying scale; detailed drawing to large gestures that might convey planetary curvature. Allowing concoctions of mediums to build textural surfaces on paper and/or panels suggests topographical and underground terrain. Using elements from the environment; rainwater, earth, pond-scum, plant material, she pursues surface effects using natural process as a guide.
Viewing the works, one can detect ice patterns, wood grain, evaporation lines, maps, decay and scraping.
“I am fascinated by human’s desire to explore, extract, appreciate and steward the beauty of nature on the one hand or destruct though greed and covetousness of earth’s reserves. I am interested in the navigation between our cultural engine and the resources that maintain it.
As I work I think of peoples displaced, an overarching longing that is suffered as populations move around the planet; as land is destroyed through war, climatic catastrophes or stolen for extraction of resources. Alongside awe and wonder, these thoughts are expressed through mark making with paint, drawing, and mixed medium”.
2013 Natural Pigments Co. study in Best painting practices.
2011 Newlyn School, Cornwall, UK; studies for practicing artists
2005 M.F.A. department of arts and consciousness, John f. Kennedy University, Berkeley, CA.
Previous Mono printing intensive, Aurobora Press S.F. CA.
Bronze casting, Sonoma State University, Cotati, CA.
Mono-type, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA.
Graphic design studies, University California, Berkeley,.
Revere Academy of Goldsmithing, San francisco, CA.
B.F.A. Metal sculpture and silversmithing. Surrey Institute of Art and Design, South West London, England
Apprentice to Jacqueline Mina, British, award winning goldsmith, Twickenham, London.
Annual Award Fellowship from Surrey Institute of Art and Design, S.W. London, England.
Visions Of Science, First Prize from The Edge Arts, Bath University, Bath, England.
Sonoma Art Award for emerging Artist. Grant from the James Irvine
Foundation. Jurors; Tara McDowell, Curatorial Associate, Painting & Sculpture, San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art; Joe del Pesco, Nelson Gallery, CA.
U.C. Davis; Karen Tsujimoto, Senior Curator, Art Department, The Oakland Museum, CA.
Fellowship from Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Surrey, England.
Nominee for the 2008-10 Eureka Fellowship Program, for Visual Artists, Fleishhacker
Art for Living, Sebastopol Centre for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA. Merit award.
2017 Gulkistan Creative Centre, Laugarvatn, Iceland
2014 Lucid Art Foundation, Inverness, CA
2011-12 Doug Adams gallery, Bade Museum, Berkeley, CA.
2003 Kala institute, Heinze St. Berkeley CA.
2016 Santa Rosa City Hall, Council Chambers, Santa Rosa, CA.
2015 Gro Gallery, Pt Reyes Station, CA.
2015 SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Ft Mason, San Francisco, CA.
2012 Doug Adams gallery, Bade Museum Berkeley, CA.
2011 Lucid Art Foundation, Ions Institute for Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA.
Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA.
2009 Jerry Adams Gallery, Berkeley City College, Berkeley, CA. curator Jenny Braman
2008 Herold Mehoney Library, Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus, CA.
2007 Homeland Obscurity Float Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Agents of Dissolve, Quick silver Gallery, Forestville, CA.
2005 M.F.A. graduate show. Marsh Road Project; Arts & Consciousness Gallery, JFKU. Berkeley Annex, Berkeley CA.
Selected Group Shows
2018 Visions Of Science, The Edge Arts, University of Bath, England
13 Years, Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA.
2017 MarinMOCA, Novato, CA. Juror, Catharine Clark of Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA. (honourable Mention)
Ice House Gallery, group show, Petaluma, CA.
2016 Petaluma Art Centre, "Zeitgist", a juried show.
Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg, CA.
2015 Gro Gallery, Pt Reyes Station, CA. (Residency Show from Lucid Art Foundation.)
2014 Ice House Gallery, Petaluma, CA.
Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
Petaluma Arts Centre, Petaluma, CA
Gro Gallery, Pt Reyes Station, CA.
2013 Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA.
SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Ft Mason, San Francisco, CA
2012 Bucca Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall, UK
Hammerfriar, Healdsburg, Ca. Autumn group show of represented artists.
Petaluma Art Centre, Petaluma Ca. invitational.
2011 Berkeley City College, Berkeley Ca. Digital Art, 4-person show.
Thoreau Centre, (2 person show) San Francisco, CA.
Gala Show, Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA.
Land of Magic, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA.
2010 Rawness of Real, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit, MI.
Transformative Experience, Art at The Oakbook, Jack London Sq. Oakland CA.
Beyond Digital, Petaluma Center for the Arts, Petaluma CA.
Art From The Heart, Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Cotati CA.
Muse/Reuse, Doug Adams gallery, Bade` Museum, Berkeley CA.
2009 Essensual Exchanges, ArtSpace 404, Santa Rosa, CA.
Usnea, YWCA, Berkeley, CA.
Bioneers Conferrence, Marin, CA
2008 World of Concrete Convention; invited artist. Las Vegas Convention Cnt. Las Vegas NV.
2007 Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, CA.
Finley Community Centre, Santa Rosa, CA.
2006 Emerging Artists Exhibit. Arts Council of Sonoma County Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA.
Annual juried show. G.R.O. Gallery Route one, Pt. Reyes CA.
California Current, Ultra Marine. G.R.O. Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes, CA
Arts and Conscious Gallery,John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley, CA.
2004 Overland To Unfamiliar Territory, Hallway project, John F. Kennedy University,Berkeley, CA.
2003 MiniArt Exchange, Gomboc Gallery, Perth, Australia. Curator, Judith McGrath
Reconcilable Differences, Jersey Galleries;, Osterly Park House, London, England.
Visions Of Science article in November Issue of Interalia on-line Magazine
West Marin Review, volume 17, 2016
Sarah Lawrence College; Lumina, publication of Art & literature, volume xv, Spring 2016 edition.
featured paintings. East Bay Express, June issue, 2012 Dewitt Cheng.
North Bay Bohemian, CA. May 7-14 issue, 2011
East Bay Express, CA. June 30th 2010.
North Bay Bohemian, CA. November 4-10 issue 2009.
96 Hours, San Francisco Chronicle, CA. Aug 16th 2007 Stephanie Laemoa.
Artweek, November issue #9 2006. New USA Grants. Palo Alto CA.
Emerging Artists award catalogue. Sonoma Cultural Arts, CA. funded by the James Irvin
North Bay Bohemian, CA.February, Critic?s Choice?, author, Gretchen Giles.
Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA July, Emerging Artist Awardees.
Volunteer at Spike Island Gallery and RWA, Bristol, England
Offers workshops on Materials and Techniques.
Hired to work on mural restoration of Coit Tower, San Francisco, CA.
Leading a workshop on "Essensual Exchange" plant dyes in collaboration with artist Sasha Duer
Three times Lecturer to student body at Berkeley City College, Berkeley CA.
Adjunct faculty, Art Dept. Santa Rosa Junior college, Santa Rosa Campus, CA.
Valley Ford Studios, Valley Ford, CA. Instruction and mentoring in metal arts.
Sebastopol Centre for the Arts, CA. Metal Arts/Jewelry instruction. Mixed level.
Arts Benicia Education Program, Benicia, CA. Beginners workshops on metal arts.
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA. Workshop on metal arts and mono types.
Kerwin & Associates, Menlo Park, California.
Imagery Collection belonging to Sonoma State University, Cotati, California
Hall collection, Mauii, Hawaii
Laura Chanel Goat Cheese Co. Sonoma, California.
Jill Plamann of Hammerfriar Gallery, Healdsburg, California.
Tom Lewis Restoration Co. San Francisco, California
Copland/Dreyer, Sonoma, California
Ecker & Mackie Santa Rosa, California.
Bath University, Bath England.