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Catherine Nelson

Catherine Nelson is an Australian artist who uses digital technology as her paintbrush. She constructs imaginary landscapes using images from the world around her. The end result is a non-existing reality created from many hundreds of photographs.

 

After completing her art education in painting at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney Catherine quickly moved into the world of film and television. She created visual effects for films such as Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter, 300 and Australia. Her job as a visual effects artist has taken her around the world having lived in Milan, London, Rome, Reykjavik, Bratislava, Brussels and Australia. In 2008 she started her own art studio in Gent and Amsterdam and has since dedicated her time fully to creating her own art.

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“When I embraced the medium of photography, I felt that taking a picture that represented only what was within the frame of the lens wasn’t expressing my personal and inner experience of the world around me. With the eye and training of a painter and with years of experience in film visual effects behind me, I began to take my photos to another level.”

 

In 2010 she launched her series ‘Future Memories’ followed by ‘Nuit Americaine’ (2011), ‘Danube’ (2012) and ‘Other Worlds’ (2013) This work was exhibited in Australia, Europe, America and Asia. Her follow up series ‘Expedition’ (2014) took a more personal, nostalgic turn focusing on her childhood growing up in Sydney and is about memory and the way memory distorts. In her latest exhibition “Submerged” she has taken her camera underwater creating three new bodies of work: Origins (2014) , Unstill Life (2015) and Submerged (2015).‘Origins” was created from images shot in mangroves in South East Asia. ‘Unstill Life’ and ’Submerged’ were created from thousands of close ups in a small lily pond.

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Artist Information

Catherine Nelson is a visual artist who uses modern technology as her paintbrush. After completing her studies in painting with a degree from NSW College of Fine Arts, Australia, Nelson moved into the film industry creating visual effects for films such as Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 300 and Australia. In her career as a visual effects artist at various film studios around the world, Catherine was exposed to the latest digital techniques but it was her painting education that formed her eye and vision for her contemporary landscapes to which she now dedicates herself. Since her debut exhibition in 2009, her art has been exhibited in International Art Fairs and Solo and Group exhibitions in Sydney, Australia, Bejing, China, Seoul, Korea, Berlin, Germany, Paris, France, New York and Los Angeles, USA. The artist is originally from Australia and is currently based in Belgium. Her first exhibition in Canada was Realiteit, Four Photography Artists and their Reality, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver Canada, 2013.

Catherine Nelson is a visual artist who uses modern technology as her paintbrush. After completing her studies in painting with a degree from NSW College of Fine Arts, Australia, Nelson moved into the film industry creating visual effects for films such as Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 300 and Australia. In her career as a visual effects artist at various film studios around the world, Catherine was exposed to the latest digital techniques but it was her painting education that formed her eye and vision for her contemporary landscapes to which she now dedicates herself. Since her debut exhibition in 2009, her art has been exhibited in International Art Fairs and Solo and Group exhibitions in Sydney, Australia, Bejing, China, Seoul, Korea, Berlin, Germany, Paris, France, New York and Los Angeles, USA. The artist is originally from Australia and is currently based in Belgium. Her first exhibition in Canada was Realiteit, Four Photography Artists and their Reality, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver Canada, 2013.

Born in Sydney, Australia
Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium

Education

1996                  Graduated from the NSW College of Fine Arts , Australia
1996 – 2008       Digital Artist in the film industry

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014            “Expedition” Gallerysmith, Melbourne, Australia

2014            “Expedition” Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2014            “Future Memories” MContemporary, Sydney, Australia
2013             “Other Worlds’, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, Australia

2013             “Other Worlds’, Julie Saul Project Space, New York

2013            “Other Worlds’, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2013            “Other Worlds’, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2012             “Other Worlds’, Gallerynow, Seoul, South Korea
2011             ‘Future Memories’, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Beijing, China

2011            ‘Future Memories’, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, Australia

2011            ‘Future Memories’, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2011            ‘Future Memories’, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France

2011            ‘Creation’, Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney, Australia

Group Exhibitions

2014            “The Colonial to the Personal”, Michael Reid at Peter Walker Gallery, Adelaide, SA, Australia
2014            Mandoria Finalist Art Award, Linton and Kay Gallery, Perth, WA, Australia

2014            “The Colonial to the Personal”, Michael Reid at Christ Church Grammar School, Perth, WA, Australia

2014            “Human + Graphy”, Ulsan International Photography Festival, Ulsan, South Korea
2013            “realiteit”, Four Photography Artists and their Reality, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver Canada

2012             Heyson Prize for “Interpretation of Place”, Hahndorf Academy, South Australia

2012            ‘Murr-ma’, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2012            ‘Terra Cognita’, Photography Festival, Groningen, Holland

2012            “Space Oddity”. S Cube Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, USA

2012            “legends” La Trobe Regional Gallery, Victoria, Australia

2012            “Digital Darkroom” Slideshow event, The Annenberg Space for Photography, LA, USA

2012            “South of the Border”, Queensland Centre of Photography, Brisbane, Australia

2012            “Out of the Darkness”, Gallerysmith, Melbourne, Australia

2012            “Flipside: Australian Photography”. Project A7, Sarah Lee Artworks ad Projects, LA, USA

2011            Royal Bank of Scotland Emergind Artist Award Exhibition, Sydney, Australia

2011            Bowness Photography Prize Finalist Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

2011            ‘New Worlds”, Hanmi Photography Museum, Seoul, Korea

2011            Hyper Realistic’, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2011            ‘Magic Spaces’, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2011            ‘Plus One’, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2010            ‘Lake’, Lake Macquarie Regional Gallery, Australia

2010            Royal Bank of Scotland, Finalist exhibition for Emerging Artist Award, Australia

2010            Blake Director’s Cut Exhibition, Australia

2009             Future Artist, Nikon Next online exhibition, Japan – http://www.nikonnext.com

Art Fairs

2014            Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, USA
2014            Photo LA

2013            Korean International Art Fair

2013            Art Stage Singapore

2013            Photo LA

2012            Miami Context

2012            KIAF, Korean International Art Fair

2012            Melbourne Art Fair

2012            FotoFever, Brussels

2012            Photo LA

2012            Art Stage Singapore

2011            Art Paris 2011

2011            Auckland Art Fair, New Zealand

2011            Slick 11, Paris, France

2010            ‘Lake’, Lake Macquarie Regional Gallery, Australia

2010            Royal Bank of Scotland, Finalist exhibition for Emerging Artist Award, Australia

2010            Blake Director’s Cut Exhibition, Australia

Grants, Prizes, and Residencies
2012            Winner Gallery NOW Artist Award, Seoul, South Korea

2012            Finalist Heyson Prize for “Interpretation of Place”, Hahndorf Academy, South Australia

2011            Winner ‘Eclectica” 2011, Frensham Fellowship Art Prize, Mittagong, Australia

2011            Finalist Bowness Photography Prize , Melbourne, Australian

2011            Finalist Royal Bank of Scotland Emergind Artist Award, Sydney, Australia

2010             Winner Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Client Choice Award, Australia

Collections

Sydney City, Artbank Australia, Australia Club, Daryl Hewson Collection, Morgan Stanley NY, various private collections in Europe,USA, Asia and Australia

SELECTED REVIEWS

Hallie Sekoff, Huffington Post, 24/10/2012, Catherine Nelson’s ‘Future Memoreis’ are Imagintaive Landscapes

Christopher Jobson , Slate, 26/10/2012, Miniature Worlds Digitally Assembled from Hundreds of Photographs

Rafaele Oriani, Corriere Della Sera, 18/10/12, Quattro (Pre)visioni Sul Mondo

Jakob Schiller, Wired, Raw File, 11/01/2012, Bizarre Micro-Planets Made From Hundreds of Landscape Photos

Mike Peters, China Daily, 02/12/2011, Worlds Apart

Michael Gold, Global Times, 30/11/2012, Wonder From Down Under

Heather Jacobs, Australia Unlimited, 10/2011, Painting With Technology

Catherine Caines, WISH, The Australian, 05/05/11, Digital Vision

Bethany Small, Time Out Sydney, 7/12/2010, Photoshop Til You Drop

 


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