Catherine Staughton’s passions, imaginings, sadness and dreams are brought to life using a vivid, technicolour palette, a keen eye for detail and an honest approach to her subject that is refreshingly unselfconscious.
Staughton’s paintings depict autobiographical themes and she frequently portrays herself through various characters or guises. She has honed her visual arts practice to a level that enables her to convey the rich drama, comedy and fantasy in her life. Often Staughton repeats symbolic characters such as robots and saintly figures, along with a life-long fascination with Luna Park, which she uses as a device to depict her emotional state and storytelling ability.
Overtones of humour, pathos and nostalgia endow Staughton’s work with gravitas, resonance and joy, which draw the viewer into her vividly imagined alternative reality.
Catherine Staughton is represented by Arts Project Australia.
Evil Zombie Elvis 2008; ink, gouache and felt pen on paper; 70 x 51.5cm; Courtesy Arts Project Australia
Princess Lisea and George Lucas’ palace dream Cathy 2008; gouache and ink on paper; 70 x 50cm; Courtesy Arts Project Australia
Love kitten massage face (Sim Luttin) 2010; acrylic and felt pen on paper; 55 x 75cm; Courtesy Arts Project Australia