About Catherine Anderson
Catherine has always had a deep love for animals, particularly horses, which is reflected in her artworks. After immigrating to Australia from the US in 1980, she competed in rodeos in Adelaide, where she was drawn to capture the vitality and power of animals in motion through sculpture. Her first pieces were commissioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to commemorate its 40th anniversary.
Since then, Catherine’s work has been featured in a number of exhibitions and private collections, and her work has gained recognition through awards and commissions. Her piece “Flow” is held in the permanent collection of the Tweed Regional Art Gallery at Murwillumbah, and she has done public artworks on commission for the Scenic Rim Regional Council, Queensland Emergency Services, Queensland National Parks and Wildlife, and has created a bronze at Wyaralong Dam commemorating the RAAF history of the area.
In 2016 Catherine was chosen to create a life-sized sculpture of an Australian Navy sailor as commemoration of the Far East Strategic Reserve Corps which was unveiled by the Chief of Navy at Memorial Park in Brisbane’s Southbank Parklands. In 2017 she created a dynamic portrait of a working kelpie dog for the town of Bonalbo, which now forms the focal point of the town’s centre. In 2018 she created a “Key to the Scenic Rim” in bronze to be given by Scenic Rim Shire to distinguished citizens in the future.
In 2019 her depiction of a mare and foal entitled “Here’s Trouble” won the prize for Grand Champion Sculpture at Brisbane’s Royal Queensland Art Show. In 2020 Catherine completed a series of native wildlife pieces entitled “Sharing Space” depicting local fauna which was installed throughout the public spaces in Boonah.
Catherine’s sculptures are cast using the traditional lost-wax method of bronze casting, chasing and patinizing each piece by hand in her studio, situated in Boonah’s Old Butter Factory. Catherine is a regular participant in the Open Studios program, where she welcomes visitors to her busy studio.
2023 SWELL ARTWORK – Where to Now?
As we progress through history, man has influenced the natural environment in profound and complicated ways. Some changes are obvious while others are subtle, but all add up to a continuous story of change, for good and ill. Here, swimming fish have been changed in beautiful but unexpected ways, giving us an uneasy glimpse into the future. This sculpture symbolises a point of division in our pathway forward, and the thought we must give to our choices.
Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 8th – 17th September