The iridescent white gold grounds of Catherine Howe’s large canvases are the beginning point of a highly alchemical and process-driven studio practice for Catherine Howe, who’s long career as a figurative painter has recently given way to swift, fluid representations of vases and still lifes. Having carefully selected her materials, Howe’s execution is always spontaneous. Inspired by Dutch Baroque paintings’ delight in the object and the decorative, Howe looks to paintings about paintings. The energetic broad brush strokes sit atop an alchemical mélange of sparkly Carborundum grit, silver leaf and interference mica pigment suspended in acrylic resin. These pours give an opalescent, reflective quality to the surface.
Born in Buffalo, New York in 1959, Catherine Howe earned an MFA from SUNY Buffalo in 1983. Howe lives and works in New York. Selected exhibitions since 2010 include: Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY (2021); Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT (2021); Gold/Scopophilia, Montclair, NJ (2020); Platform Project Space, Brooklyn, NY (2019); Manneken Press, Normal, IL (2019); New York Academy of Art, New York, NY (2017); Ober Gallery, Kent, CT (2017); Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT (2014); Slein Gallery, St Louis, MO (2014); National Arts Club, New York, NY (2013); Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (2010); and District & CO, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2009).