October, 2017

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Gail Catlin Art Focus

Gail Catlin is the first artist in the world to exploit Liquid Crystal as the basis for her artistic creation.

Gail Catlin

Gail Catlin

This highly sensitive, scientific, substance responds immediately to changing intensities of temperature and light with dramatic shifts in colour, reflectivity and sheen. Thereby it has enabled Gail to create a constantly changing, live pictorial surface. Its dynamic chromatic and luminary mutations inject added visual drama and excitement to the artists chosen themes - the life of the isolated African desert, the burning sun, the landscape, the huge variety of wildlife and the endless cycles of hunting, killing and devouring. The inescapable power and authority of Catlin's work generated her a reputation as one of South Africa's most nimble and inventive technical innovators, and most vibrantly expressive artists. Her work is represented in all the major public art museums and corporate collections in South Africa, and the artist has been invited to exhibit in France, Russia, England, Germany and Amer Public Collections: South African National Gallery, Cape Town Johannesburg Art Gallery Pretoria Art Museum Durban Art Gallery Pietersburg Art Gallery Stellenbosch University Collection South African Reserve Bank Collection South African Department of Education and Training, Pretoria South African Reserve Bank, Pretoria Public Library Collection, Cape Town Good Hope Bank of South Africa, Cape Town Royal College of Art, London Pulitzer Collection, America Standard Bank Collection, Johannesburg National / International Collections: 1979 : Cape Town Biennial - South African National Gallery 1981 : South African Republic Day Festival - Durban 1981 : First Cape Town Triennial - South African National Gallery 1985 : 'Women Artist of South Africa' - South African National Gallery 1989 : South African Women Paper Exhibition 1990 : Standard Bank National Drawing Competition 1991 : Grand Prix International Des arts Plastiques - Nice (France) Award winner for landscape category : 1993 : Momentum Art - Biennial - South Africa 1994 : Grand Prix International Des arts Plastiques - Nice (France) Award winner : 1995 : Travelling Exhibition representing South Africa, Russia and America 1998 : Art beyond borders - Rathaus Augsburg, Germany 1999 : One woman solo show - South African Embassy, London 1999 : Solo show - Osborne studio's, London