Above image: “Little Red Riding Hat,” by Catherine Redmayne. ‘Found subject’ on random monotype . Below: “Spotted Boots,” by Catherine Redmayne. Sharpie drawing and gesso over collage.
“Colour really excites me and colour next to colour is endlessly amazing. When the weather is cold, I feel warmest working with colours.
People often say of painting as a pastime that it must be so relaxing. Well, not really, as it can be very frustrating and make whole days vanish when you meant to do something else. But it is gripping and exhilarating on good days – we will not mention the failures!
I won a painting competition at school when I was about 9 and I have just one picture I painted at that time (squirreled away by my mother and found in her treasures) which I could not achieve now – paintings done by children have such a freshness.
Since those distant days, I have played with all sorts of different techniques, been to many workshops, exhibited many pictures, sold quite a few, bought hundreds of books, run workshops for fun and for cash, visited dozens of exhibitions – and generally been interested in art.” Statement by Catherine Redmayne
“Green Bridge,” by Catherine Redmayne. Collage, sanding, gold leaf.
“Flood Lights,” by Catherine Redmayne. Paint and collage.
“Cheerful Garden,” by Catherine Redmayne. Drawing over ‘patchwork’ collage.
Catherine’s love of making art stems from her childhood, when she found her true gift of expression through the visual world. Upon looking back at a work of art she created at age 9, she recognized the joy and power of the creative child, and looks to this spirit to empower her works to this day.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up,” said the master artist Pablo Picasso. I would say that Catherine has definitely maintained and nourished her creative inner-child artist, by looking at her current creations. The joy, simplicity and child-like wonder of a story-tale world surrounds us as we look at each of the images shown here.
Spontaneity and exuberance dance across the surface of each image, from “Cheerful Garden,” to “Little Red Riding Hat.” Most definitely not contrived, these original pieces bring to the foreground all sorts of childhood memories that were once lost to a layer of rushing adulthood demands.
Look at these pieces and you may remember your own joyful childhood moments, and feast on the joy of all lost childhood, found once again.
Written by Janis Kirstein
“Little Landscape,” by Catherine Redmayne. Paint and collage.
“Paradise Gardens,” by Catherine Redmayne. Monotype layers.
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