CATHERINE DENVIR

 

NEW

PAINTINGS

 

 22 AUGUST - 27 SEPTEMBER

Living between Tuscany and London, Catherine Denvir returns to the UK with a new collection of paintings that go on show at the blackShed gallery from 22nd August until 27th September.

Catherine Denvir, born in Kent, studied at Chelsea College of Art. She's exhibited across the UK as well as in Italy, London, and New York. Her work was included in Radius Magazine, New York, as part of a group show at Jeffery Meier Gallery NY. She's had work published in the Taiwanese Art book 'The Age of European Drawing' and 3x3 Magazine, New York. More recently Denvir's a regularly featured artist online for Saatchiart, through which much of her work is sold. She has also been selected and interviewed for 'Saatchiart - In the Studio'.


She grew up around the Romney Marshes, Dungeness and Camber Sands. Her paintings don't immediately reflect her experiences as a young girl, but they capture an essence of nostalgia - strange narratives reminiscent of Victorian fantasy story-tales, Charles Kingsley's Water Babies, and Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, with a touch of Ladybird books. It is a different approach to painting that I have not encountered before, inspired by the process of working as a successful illustrator during the 80s; she worked for clients such as The Sunday Times, Vogue Magazine, and Penguin Books. Her work is not contrived and certainly doesn't feel excessively worked - in actual fact it has a naive and innocent quality, but there's edge of darkness, which at times is a little unsettling. Her work demands closer inspection before the depths of Denvir's paintings can really be appreciated.

 

The Pond 2015

The Bridge 2015 

In the Garden 2015 

 

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