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Tasmanian artist Catherine Stringer is best known for her dreamy underwater images.  Soulful and evocative, the underwater paintings invite reflection and  metaphor.  The worlds above and below the water can be taken to represent the conscious and the unconscious, the physical and the spiritual, the rational and the intuitive, or any other duality.   It is the convergence and integration of these dualities that is the focus of Catherine's work.

Catherine has worked extensively with other artists and performers in a variety of collaborations.  This  includes improvised performance painting with theatre, music and dance, and the painting/poetry series Dancers and Dreamers.

In August 2008 Catherine spent one month at the Red Gate Gallery Studios in Beijing. This was an exciting and stimulating experience, particularly as it coincided with the Olympic Games. Work developed from this residency was shown in the solo exhibitions  Face Value in Hobart in April 2009 and  See View at the King Island Cultural Centre in December 2009. In 2012 Catherine completed a second residency at the Red Gate Gallery Studios in Beijing, and in 2013-2014 she continued her studies of Mandarin Chinese for two months in Xi'an as part of her Diploma in Languages. Eight Weeks in Xi'an - works created during her time in Xi'an - were exhibited at the Shaanxi Normal University Centre for Academic Activities.

Catherine completed a residency at the King Island Cultural Centre in 2011. It was during her time on King Island that Catherine first began working with natural plant materials to create paper which she then uses in artworks. The 1835 wreck off King Island of the Irish convict ship Neva has been a major source of inspiration for this work, which culminated in the two exhibitions Neva Reliquary at the Moonah Arts Centre in April 2016 and Neva Vestiges at the King Island Cultural Centre in May 2016. Paintings also inspired by the Neva women's plight were on view concurrently in Melbourne in Myth and Memory at the Beth Hulme Gallery in Fitzroy North.

Iceland is currently inspiring new work during a residency at the Fish Factory Creative Centre in Stöðvarfjörður.

 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
 
2016 Neva Reliquary, Moonah Arts Centre
Neva Vestiges, King Island Cultural Centre
2012 Just Waving, Rosny, Tasmania
2010 River Turns, Goulburn St Gallery, Hobart
2009 Face Value, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
See View, King Island Cultural Centre
2008 Red Gate Artist-in-Residence Beijing, China.
2007    Still Waters, Galerie Aqui Siam Ben, Vallauris, France
2006 Dancers and Dreamers, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
Testing the Water, BBoss, Hobart
2005 Beneath the Fringe, State Library of Tasmania, Hobart
Recent Paintings, Avalon Art, North Hobart
2004 Off Stage, is theatre ltd, Hobart, Tasmania
Salted With Fire, Walker St Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2003 Resonance, Republic Bar and Café, North Hobart, Tasmania
Free Flow, True Blue Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
              
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 
2017

Maritime Art Awards Finalists Exhibition, Melbourne

  Polar Festival, Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland
  Waterways, Hobart
2016 Maritime Art Awards Finalists Exhibition, Melbourne
  Bruny Island Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, Bruny Island, Tasmania
  Myth and Memory, Beth Hulme Gallery, Fitzroy North
  Wrest Point Art Awards Finalists Exhibition, Hobart
2015 Hutchins Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, Hobart
  Elements, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
  Ten Years, King Island Cultural Centre
2014 Eight Weeks In Xi'an, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, China
2013 Hutchins Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, Hobart
 

What Lies Beneath, Backyard Gallery, Ballarat

  Material Girl, Moonah Arts Centre, Tas
  Waterways, Hobart
  Wrest Point Art Awards Finalists Exhibition, Hobart
2012 Red Gate Residency Open Studio Exhibition, Beijing, China
  Wrest Point Art Awards Finalists Exhibition, Hobart
 

The Glover Prize Finalists Exhibition, Evandale, Tasmania

2011 Fleurieu Water Prize Finalists Exhibition, Goolwa, South Australia
  King Island Cultural Centre
  The Glover Prize Finalists Exhibition, Evandale, Tasmania
  Waterways, Hobart
  Wrest Point Art Awards Finalists Exhibition, Hobart
2010 Menzies Art of Christmas, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
 

Belle Arti, Metro Arts, Brisbane

  CAST Members Exhibition, CAST Gallery, North Hobart
  Wrest Point Art Awards Finalists Exhibition, Hobart
2009 Cricket Art Prize Finalists Exhibition
  Wrest Point Art Awards Finalists Exhibition, Hobart
2008 CAST Members Exhibition, CAST Gallery, North Hobart
  Endangered. Drawing the Line. The Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
2007 Pencil It In, The Salamanca Collection, Hobart
  Tasmanian Living Artists Week, North Hobart Shopfront Trail
 

Works in Progress, BBoss, Hobart

  Au Lavoir de Mougins Village, Mougins, France
  Small Art Objects 2007, Galerie Aqui Siam Ben, Vallauris, France
 

Art Melb 07, Melbourne Exhibition Centre

2006 CAST Members Exhibition, CAST Gallery, North Hobart
  Arts on Whittle Ward Exhibition, Moonah Arts Centre
  The Glover Prize Finalists Exhibition, Evandale, Tas
  Playing Up, Schoolhouse Gallery, Rosny, Tas
  Grand Opening Exhibition, Red Wall Gallery, North Hobart
               
              
RESIDENCIES
                  
2017 Fish Factory Creative Centre in Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland
2012 Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
2011 King Island Cultural Centre
2008 Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
2007

AIR Vallauris, France

2005

Whittle Ward Palliative Care Unit, Hobart, Tasmania

 
 PUBLIC COMMISSIONS
 
2011 Queenstown HUB
2006 Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit, Royal Hobart Hospital
 
 
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