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THOMAS CATLIN (b.1979)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born 1979, Cape Town.
I began studying B.A Fine Arts at Stellenbosch University but after 2 years, I realized that I wanted to see more of the world and set off to travel around Europe.
After a few years travelling and working as a bartender and artists’ model at the Royal College of Art in London, I returned to Cape Town and picked up the trade again.
I paint, sculpt and draw at night after work, and when I get the chance on the weekends, if I’m not surfing or running my dogs.
I love to get lost in the details. Spending ours painting with a fine tipped brush. I enjoy landscapes and still life. It’s always a challenge for me to grow into my own style. I really appreciate and respect artists who look at life in an abstract way. I feel that my art is more figurative and slightly realistic. Something spurs me on to take risks and throw some paint around. A mistake, a spill or a drop of ink. I love that!
I have entered a couple of art competitions. The New Sasol artists competition which I made the finals in Johannesburg in 2016. The Belville Library young upcoming artists awards in 2017 where I came 3rd.
I have exhibited in the following galleries.
You and I in Kloof street and Green Point, Cape town. Currently exhibiting.
Chandler House. 2020-2022
Shangri la Cape Town. Currently exhibiting.
AITY Gallery Franschhoek. Currently exhibiting.