Cathy Simpson

Cathy Simpson from Weekend Gallery

By: Weekend Gallery  16/08/2012
Keywords: art, artists, paintings

Twitterings and Catcreeps 21st July - 19th August 2012 An exhibition of works by painter, illustrator and cartoonist Cathy Simpson Cathy is a recent migrant to the Hastings area, and has found it totally inspirational. Her exhibition is entitled ‘Twitterings and Catcreeps’ in deference to the twittens and cat creeps which are so much a feature of Hastings Old Town. The fantastic natural light of the south coast has also had a profound effect on her work, which has suddenly become much lighter and brighter than it was before. Cathy’s training is in illustration (St Martin’s School of Art, and latterly Swindon College), and for many years she worked as a children’s illustrator, for clients including the BBC, Methuen, Blackie, Corgi books and most of the major greetings card companies. However, she has never wanted to pigeonhole herself into any one category of art – or, indeed, to differentiate between cartoons, illustration and fine art paintings. She has exhibited widely over the years; recent shows include the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour – which makes the point, really. Cathy has worked in a variety of media, but always comes back to watercolour – a beautiful medium which can be as light as gossamer and as heavy as lead, and she has been exploring the effects of cross-hatched watercolour for many years now. She says “The process is positively meditative and the shimmering effect of layer upon layer of semi-transparent colour is inimitable.”

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