THE HARRISON LORD GALLERY - 5 BRADFORD ROAD - BRIGHOUSE - WEST YORKSHIRE
Catriona Hall paints in acrylic on board from her studio in a stone house dated 1663, where legend recounts that three different English queens once stayed and an old grey lady still wanders. Built on the site of a monastery and overlooking the surrounding windswept moors, it is these wild places that provide the backdrops for her subjects, which are the creatures and birds that inhabit this rugged countryside. All her subjects face left as she finds it impossible to paint them otherwise, and although rather portly and perhaps a little short on the leg front, where possible Catriona attends carefully to feather and fur colour and markings so that the creatures are recognizable, albeit fatter than their real counterparts. She is constantly striving to pare down the shape and form of her compositions for a certain primitive purity. The stance and colour are vital to her compositions and she always works first on the animal or bird, working up the drawing in pencil on the gessoed board until the shape is ready for paint. Once the main subject is complete, the landscape is added around with careful consideration of the balance of colours so that the main subject is in high relief with a low eye level. She sticks to an earthy palette which lends an old fashioned air and rarely uses blue. The paint is built up in semi-opaque layers for full opacity in planes of colour with little shading. She works in acrylics on board and her influences are early medieval Italian altarpieces, Edward Bawden, John and Paul Nash, Egyptian hieroglyphics and the Elgin marbles. Catriona always intended to become an artist but got side-tracked and wandered into the publishing world. It was only when she moved from London with her family to Derbyshire’s Peak District in 1997 that she resumed her art, though it had been quietly kept up in the form of sketchbooks for reference and inspiration. Periods spent living in America and Egypt have had an influence on her use of colour and shape and she often refers to her study of medieval art for background details.
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Guarding the Topiary - £250
Doe A Deer - £300