Closeup of Caught in the Middle

About Catherine


At the heart of Catherine Richardson’s work lies a fundamental fascination for the internal life of her subjects. Pivotal themes recur; people asleep, figures enveloped in water and the private internal landscape exposed. The places depicted are imbued with memory. They are almost defined by the absence of physical presence.


Catherine’s development as an artist has been consolidated by a formal training in the history of art. She studied Fine Art as a combined degree, painting at Edinburgh College of Art with history of art at Edinburgh University. Her style remains freely layered, drawing upon but deliberately not restricted by the mores of traditional painting. Textured marks and imprints from cloths, the pattern of a wallpaper print, rollers, brushes, even the bottom of a shoe, can play a part in the building up of the picture space. 


Bridging the gap between the world of visual art and its audience has always been important. Her work as an artist has provided a platform for parallel roles in arts education, communication and public art.


Texture of Caught in the Middle