Catherine O'Donnell


(b. 1961. Quirindi, NSW, Australia)

Catherine O'Donnell joined the Gallery as a represented artist after graduating with a Masters of Fine Arts from the National Art School in 2014. Last year began with O'Donnell's exhibition A Notion of Home on view at Murray Art Museum Albury, and 2016 also saw her artworks at Newcastle Art Gallery and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery for Just Draw, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in Windsor, Fairfield City Museum and Gallery and at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as one of six artists selected for the second edition of the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial. In 2017 Catherine O'Donnell completed the Terrence and Lynette Fern Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Fellowship, where she studied the architecture of social housing projects in Paris and London. O'Donnell grew up in an estate building in Sydney's western suburbs, which has informed and influenced many of her works. This year she has also undergone a residency with Bundanon Trust to develop new work and has drawings touring around regional locations in the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award.

O'Donnell has exhibited in a solo capacity extensively across New South Wales at Wallspace Gallery, Elizabeth Farm in Parramatta, Blacktown Art Centre, Murray Art Museum Albury, Penrith Regional Gallery, Flinders Street Gallery, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery and the National Art School in Sydney. O'Donnell has also exhibited at the Pataka Museum in New Zealand as a part of the NZ International Arts Festival. Within these exhibitions, O'Donnell has presented refined bodies of works that explore human relationships with varying environments through precision and omission. In her renderings of Australian housing estates, O'Donnell highlights their function as homes, as well as their modernist forms, lines and shapes. These drawings enhance and distort architectural elements, as to reveal their origins as simultaneously altruistic, beautiful, impractical and cold. O'Donnell has also completed residencies at the British School at Rome, Penrith Regional Art Gallery and Parramatta Artist Studios.

A number of galleries and organisations have collected O'Donnell's work, including the Parliament House Art Collection, Artbank, Penrith Regional Gallery, Kedumba Collection of Contemporary Drawings, Pataka Museum in Porirua in New Zealand, Blacktown City Council, Mosman Art Gallery and many private collections. O'Donnell also has two major works in the collection of Murray Art Museum Albury, acquired after she won the 2009 Albury Art Prize, enabling her to travel to Venice, Italy and complete a residency at the Scuola International di Grafica, where she developed the series Venetian Visions (2011).
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