Lot 37 - Catherine Chinatree - Leave Them Fro's Alone
Acrylic on Paper
Signed on Verso
Curated by Louise Fitzjohn
I am a Margate based multidisciplinary artist, with a strong focus on large scale paintings, both indoors and outside. The work can be described as both figurative and socially surreal. I also work with sound and moving image in a collage type of way, connecting footage/sound at random.
Most of my inspiration comes from the events of everyday life, of symbolism and rituals and the people I meet. Often complex layers of history, social anthropology and Cultural displacement become part of the work, as I investigate the notion of the constructed self and human behaviour. Being of Welsh, Caribbean and Irish descent, I am deeply rooted in hybrid culture, and the idea of a shared reality.
BA Fine Art, Falmouth College Of Arts, Masters Fine Art, University College Wimbledon, Delta, Contemporary Art Academy London
October 2022, “The World Reimagined” Site Specific Group Show, Trafalgar Square, London
October 2022, “DeltaGamma” Group Show, Saatchi Gallery, London
June 2022, “My Pink Moisturising Dream, Crate Project space/The Box, NewGate Gap, Margate
November 2021, The Open, Turner Contemporary, Margate
January 2020, Ne-Na Contemporary Art Space, Chiang Mai
December 2018, Elephant x Griffin ArtPrize, Elephant West, London
March 2018, Group Show “Empowerment” Nasty Woman NYC x Creative Debuts. London
Awards / Shortlists
2021, The Light Of Day, Selected Artist, Artquest London
2018 Elephant X Griffin Art Prize, London ,Shortlist
2017, Nasty Gal x Creative Debuts, London, Shortlist
2022 Rise Up Residency, Mural commission, Margate
2022 The World Reimagined, Artist Globe Commission, Liverpool Trail
2022 Window Installation Commission for Artquest 20th Anniversary, Not Just A Shop,UAL, London
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artworks
I have quite a varied practise and wanted to show this in the work Submitted for the Auction. I have been developing a series of work in response to the ecstatic vs still responses to Open water swimming here in Margate, reducing the Palette and detail within these works to present different emotions and responses. Another body of work I have been developing is in response to Afro Hair products and notions of Nostalgia/BlackBrown Joy. The Work "Leave Them Fro's Alone" Follows on from this series and is a direct response to more recent events in Schools in the Uk, where schools are being warned not to exclude pupils for wearing their hair in Natural afro styles. This work is a sketch painting for a Print I want to release this year.
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