It was a thrill to have contemporary artist, Catherine Hope-Jones, exhibit a range of her work at Dean Close School in the Michaelmas Term. The run began with a Private View attended by a range of staff, pupils and friends of the School.

Catherine is a contemporary, Cotswold based painter working between realism and abstraction. Her pieces were truly captivating and seemed to impart a sense of calm and serenity through the tones, colours and dynamics of her work. The artwork ranged from familiar flora settings with cascading waterfalls, blossoming white lilies and tranquil gardens, to more quirky, bright and abstract pieces with harsher lines and sharper patterns. Her work is brought to life through various textures that have been created by mark-making on surfaces that are scratched, erased, redrawn or repainted.

Catherine, who attended the Private View, had a wonderful aura about her, with a kind gentle nature and witty sense of humour. Pupils surrounded her to ask questions about her inspiration and love for art. She explained how it was later on in life that she started to draw the pieces that were hanging around them in the gallery. Her works have been inspired by the visions of landscape modernists like Peter Lanyon and David Hockney, and the energy and exuberance of American abstract expressionists’. She has also won the prestigious Laing Landscape Painting Prize.

Director of Art, Caroline Evans, said that it was a real pleasure to have Catherine’s beautiful, expressive work gracing the walls of our gallery. This was a technically exciting and diverse exhibition of paintings, and visitors had greatly enjoyed the spirited and experimental nature of the work.