PICTURE-PERFECT: Artist Catherine Abel paints in Trentham studio. She was a finalist in the 2015 Sir John Sulman prize. TUCKED away in a Trentham studio Catherine Abel chooses rich, luxe oil paints.
The acclaimed artist paints Marigold,a woman from a by-gone era.
Draped in a deep cornflower blue dress, with a thick string of pearls wrapped around her neck, Marigold exudes Edwardian-style mystery.
Shehas returned from a sparkling night at the opera and is now seated in the library, having felt compelled to search for the book she clutches.
It is this era that Ms Abel loves to paint and it is for this particular piece that she has been nominated for the Sir John Sulman prize.
Before settling in Trentham, Ms Abel studied in Paris and lived in Melbourne–she moved to Hepburn to escape.
“I need the change, as an artist I love to go into retreat,” Ms Abel said.
“Before moving here I would never have said that I paint landscape but now I just love them, so the area does come into my work.”
Ms Abel spent many years coming to terms with being a historical painter.
“I love that era …yes it is unusual, but that is what I enjoy painting,” Ms Abel said.
“I leave a lot of the narrative up to the individual, each painting does tell a story.”
She said she used oil and acrylic paints to create a striking picture with strong colour.“My work is very different to other (Sir John Sulman prize) entries.”
“About 80 to90 per cent use luminous neon colours and are contemporary, but art history is a passion of mine and that is what I want to represent.”
The Sir John Sulman Prize, is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist. It isone of three major annual art awards run by the Art Gallery of NSWeach year,along with the Archibald Prize and the Wynne Prize,whichmake upthe most prestigious art event in the country.
Ms Abel was one of 28 finalists in the competition.Jason Phu was awarded the prize for his Chinese ink of paper piece.Ms Abel’s work will be on displayuntil September 27.
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