Long inspired by the art movements and the bold angular shapes of the early 20th century, australian artist Catherine Abel creates striking figurative oil paintings. Combining classic styles with complex themes of modern feminine sexuality, her works are powerfully seductive compositions of strength and beauty. Influenced at an early age by the works of Picasso, Braque and Salvador Dalì 1904-1989 and more recently Andre Lhote and Tamara de Lempicka, her work has evolved into a truly original style.
Abel began her professional painting career in 2000 when she moved to Paris. During her sojourn there, and travels to Italy, she was introduced to the traditional renderings and compositions of the Renaissance Masters. “They have greatly influenced my technique and desire to render the female form in an expression of beauty and grace”. Catherine has returned to Australia after 3 years living and exhibiting in Paris and San Francisco. She has rapidly established herself in Sydney as a fine art painter, while continuing to exhibit and sell internationally.