Catherine Roberts

Gone Astray

Catherine Roberts engages with form and contrast to create works where rich and vibrant colours preside within abstract utopias exuding a harmonious rhythm.

“My work is the result of an intuitive dialogue, between artist and canvas, with no set intentions, but with a purpose to captivate the viewer, to carry on the conversation.”

Roberts’ abstract works present a series of layered entanglements – symphonic silken billows mingling with potent and smoky wisps of colour offer a sense of alchemy and ethereal rhythm. Naturalistic land forms are translated into surreal, dream-like sequences through the melodious composition of an energetic palette. The result is a sublime scene of naturalistic abstraction, sparked into captivating depth through the application of a high-gloss resin, the artist’s final touch.

Working in mixed media on canvas to large-scale, Roberts approaches each painting with an acceptance of serendipity; areas of paint move unhindered and colours are given reign to compose themselves.

This practice allows for the full extension of Roberts’ media –  flowing acrylics in contrasting and harmonious vivid hues are freely applied to the textured surface by guiding hands, sensitive to the art of letting go within a greater vision and discipline.

Born in Manchester, England, in 1976, Catherine Roberts now lives on Wellington’s south coast where she has painted her semi-abstract landscapes for over 17 Years. Roberts has exhibited throughout New Zealand, and in 2014 was the recipient of the Signature Piece Award at The New Zealand Art Show.

Parnell Gallery has represented Catherine Roberts since 2018.