In her latest collection of work, Catherine has been inspired by the turning of the seasons, when wild creatures are busily preparing for the winter ahead. ‘I’m hoping to convey a sense of ‘getting ready for winter’, say Catherine.
Visitors can expect to see new paintings and prints inspired by small creatures, searching out fruit and nuts for their winter stores; gathering of grasses and thistledown for their nests before finally hunkering down for the winter.
‘By painting in golds, browns and coppers, and observing animal behaviour over the autumn season, I hope that these new pictures will evoke a feeling of cosiness,' explains Catherine. 'The viewer will feel the chill, hear the crunch of leaves underfoot and smell the scent of the season when they are walking around the exhibition, ’
Using liquid acrylics and silkscreen printmaking, Catherine’s lively and expressive line describes movement whilst playing with scale and space. By placing the animal to one side of the paper, for example, she suggests that it has just strayed into the frame and at any moment might just wander off again. Her silkscreens are made expressively and organically often including up to thirty layers of colour.
Catherine Rayner has written and illustrated over a dozen critically acclaimed, award winning picture books for children, since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2004. She is the recipient of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal (other winners include Sir Quentin Blake, Shirley Hughes CBE and Chris Riddell OBE) She has also illustrated books for Michael Bond, Julia Donaldson, Michael Morpurgo and Ursula Moray Williams.
Catherine has worked with Sarah Wiseman Gallery for over a decade with ‘Rustlings’ her third solo exhibition.