Cathy Stocker’s latest paintings have gone through an intense distillation process. Viewing the landscape through an abstract lens using simple, single brush strokes in black acrylic paint and a limited oil colour palette. Cathy is interested in conveying a broad expanse using only essential details. These, honed, abstract works follow on from a series of larger paintings, also using bold brush strokes in black acrylic. The larger canvasses, where the black brush stroke becomes the backbone, or spine of the paintings on which to hang the colours, in oils. Black is essential to all Cathy’s work. Abstract landscapes, exploring a sense of place. Of interconnections both fleeting and rooted brought to the surface with the energy of the brush.
Cathy aim’s to create a shared space with each piece of work, one where the viewer can contemplate the title, a springboard for thought or discussion. Very often her themes focus on eternal subjects, which are infinitely renewable.
“One of the most influential lecturers at Leeds, to my mind, was painter and sculptor, George Hainsworth. He taught me that you needed courage as an artist to break away from the mould. There always needs to be an element of fear in making work. I have never stopped experimenting with different mediums and practices. These are the drivers in my work”. Cathy Stocker, August 2018.