Catherine ross Recieves Painting prize

A Westhill art student has scooped a top prize at this year’s Gray’s School of Art Degree Show.

Catherine Ross (22), who is currently studying painting at the art school, was presented with the BP Fine Art Award 2014 after the judges were impressed by her work which draws on her fascination with remote places. She received a specially commissioned trophy alongside a cheque for £500.

Born in the rural town of Yellowknife in northwest Canada before relocating with her family to Scotland, Catherine has found her work over the past two years driven by an attempt to capture the anchored feelings that she has towards her birthplace.

“I wanted to materialise objects and images that could communicate this personal attachment I have towards far northern places,” she explained. “I also painted to impress the powerful feeling of absence that I feel the ‘north’ as a place holds.

“I think that my work is about the way we wish ourselves away at times – that desire for adventure or to explore places. As a child, I wished to venture out into the wilderness, and I still have that instinct as an adult. I have not been back to Yellowknife since infancy, and suspect that is partly the reason for those feelings.”

Catherine, who is also one of just 10 UK art students to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize, has developed her ideas through the construction of models, paper pieces and paintings simultaneously.

“Although the models are part of my studio process which aids me in making the paintings, making the models has become a process which I approach and use in the same way that I draw,” she said. “In this way, the models seem as fitting to show as the paintings.”

Trevor Garlick, Regional President, BP North Sea, said: ”Awarding these prizes is always an extremely interesting and enjoyable task and the standard of the work presented to us this year was incredibly high.

“Catherine’s paintings, so personal to her, are also hugely engaging to others and show a great maturity for someone of her age.”

He added: “BP is delighted to be celebrating 11 years of sponsorship of the Gray’s School of Art Degree Show which is always a much anticipated event in the north east’s cultural calendar.”

Catherine’s work, For the Washing or the Waves?, will be on show at Gray’s School of Art, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen until June 28.

Release by
Jenny Rush

Communications Officer | Design and Technology

1 Comment

  1. Evelyn Scott says:

    Extremely fascinating critique

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