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Catharine Davison

Artist Biography

Catharine Davison is the winner of the Lynn Painter -Stainers Prize for creative representational painting in 2014. 'Working from direct observation on location is at the heart of my practise I explore a sense of place through making searching drawings and paintings and responding to the landscape. Using natural panoramas and familiar vistas of the city to develop this ‘plein air’ tradition into a more contemporary visual language. Working in all weather conditions and seasons, a growing personal relationship with Edinburgh’s urban landscape has enabled me to explore and interrogate a range of technical challenges. The use of line and soft glazes are characteristic of the work. The process allows me to respond to the subject of my paintings – formally, emotionally, and beyond the topographical letting the integrity of the environment inhabit the work'

2015 Invited Artist The Lynn Painter- Stainers Award for creative representational painting, Mall Galleries; London 

The City Art Centre, Calton Hill; Site of Memory 

2014 The Lynn Painter- Stainers Award First Prize for creative representational painting, Mall Galleries; London 

BP Atrium Gallery, Aberdeen; Group Exhibition, Beyond Land 

2013 Edinburgh Visual Artists Award; funding towards creation of new work at The Edinburgh Printmakers Studios RSA Open Exhibition; Award RSA Scottish Arts Club Prize of a Solo Exhibition in 2016  

Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition; Prize of a Solo Exhibition British Embassy in Slovakia 

Shortlisted for The Jolomo Foundation Award for Scottish Landscape Painting 

2014,13,10,08  Aberdeen Artists’ Society Exhibition. (2013 awarded a ‘commendation’) 

2015,14,13,12,10,08  Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy Galleries, Edinburgh 

2015,13,12,10,09,08   Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy Galleries, Edinburgh

2013,12  Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries; London 

2014,13,12, 11,08   Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy Galleries, Edinburgh 

2013,12,11,10,09,08  Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition, The Mitchell Library 

2012,11,10 Panter and Hall, London; Scottish Show

2007- 2014 Open Eye Gallery On a small scale; Edinburgh 

2012 Shorlisted for RSA William Littlejohn Award for Innovation in water based media 

2011 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh; Inside Outside 

2010 William J Macaulay/ Scottish Gallery Award, Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition 

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh; Studio Selection 

2009 Cuthbert Award; Most Distinguished Painting by a New Young Artist, Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition 

Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition, Paisley Museum and Art Galleries 

2008 Langside College Watercolour Award, Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition 

Group Exhibition Gallery Kypriaki Gonia, Larnaca, Cyprus 

2007/06 Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Mall Galleries, London 

2002 Federation of British Artists Scholarship to The British School, Rome 

National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries 

Launch of Laphroaig Whisky Web Site, 

Allied Domecq commission Illustrations for 2 sets of labels with Laphroaig Whisky for the Erskine 2000 Appeal 

Allied Domecq commission 12 colour & 12 black and white illustrations for Ltd Laphroaig Whisky calendars 

1995 Vogue/ Sotheby’s/ Beaton Award for Illustration 

Group show at the Hanover Galleries, Liverpool 

1993  Original Art Works commissioned to market productions throughout 1993/94 at The Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool 

Laing Open Art Competition 

Exhibition of Irish Artists, Bluecoat Chambers; Liverpool

Selected Exhibitions