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Catherine Knight: Birch Trees

Catherine Knight: Birch Trees

Oil on board, 18cm x 24cm, 2017

Catherine Knight’s Birch Trees painting is inspired by a recent research trip to Klovharun in Finland. After exploring the extremely low light conditions of the Icelandic winter during her residency in Hrisey in 2014, the artist was inspired to experience the extended daylight of the Finnish summer and see its impact on her work. This new body of work reflects on her exploration of the southern archipelago and visit to Tove Jansson’s island, Klovharun, where the novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author spent thirty summers. Jansson’s novels and aesthetic of a simple, pared down island life have been very influential on Catherine’s current body of work.

Catherine continues to be inspired by islands, woods and remote cabins, and hopes to capture the feeling of light, isolation and the landscape as a metaphor for internal states.

Catherine completed her MA in Fine Art at Bath Spa University. In December 2014, six of Catherine’s paintings were selected for the Discerning Eye exhibition – one now resides in its permanent collection. Catherine’s work was also selected for the Discerning Eye Exhibition 2015.

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