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Catherine Headley


Leicester born painter and printmaker Catherine Headley makes frequent visits to West Penwith in Cornwall.  The inspiration for her latest series of paintings comes from the ancient settlement of Carn Euny which was inhabited from the Iron Age until the end of the Roman occupation of Britain.  Especially intriguing to Catherine is its mysterious stone-walled underground passage known as a 'fogou' a type of monument found only in the far west of Cornwall.

"West Penwith never ceases to excite me.  Colour is always the starting point in my work - intuitive colours or those I have seen.  I may have an urge to make strong gestures in vibrant colours, or, to place quiet tones side by side with minimal drawing, in response to my experiences.  My dialogue with a painting concludes with a heart-felt moment of recognition that signals I have said what I wanted to say."

Catherine attended the Somerset College of Art and Bath Academy of Art, Corsham.  She is a member of the Leicester Society of Artists, Leicester Print Workshop, an Associate Member of Penwith Society of Artists, St Ives and has been artist in residence at Stamford Arts Centre since 1992.  Catherine was shortlisted for the Attenborough Prize at the Open 27 Exhibition, Leicester in 2016 and has exhibited widely during her career including at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.