Cathy Denford About

About my work

I make work based on bird, human, and landscape subjects.  These are mostly paintings - mixed media, oils or water-colour - with some reliefs.  My pictures embrace complementary aims. Elements in some works evoke weight and substance, especially of landscape and the human form, subject to gravity. Others push against the essential stillness of painting to suggest movement. Birds  or people may try to escape their frames, rather than sitting comfortably within. Movement, especially when set against stillness, can focus attention on spaces between things. It carves through, shapes and measures space.  And it implies time passing.

Cathy Denford - Roslyn Lyons Exhibition
Working on 'At the Seashore'

I experiment with different media to achieve these varying goals, often trying to simplify. My works move between figurative studies from life to more abstract developments.  I try to distil an essence which expresses my feelings, calm or excited, for the natural world. Paintings often include some planned and controlled elements with other free strands improvised.

Cathy Denford - Working
Cathy in her studio

About Cathy

Since studying art at school, Cathy has maintained a varied visual art practise, supported by part time and short art courses, while training and working as a director in the media of TV and theatre. Since she moved to York in 1998, fine art has been a strong focus, with study in print making (with Peter Wray) and painting (with Jane Charlton) at York St John University. She has since taken short courses at Chelsea College of Art, the Slade (2009). Study with Margaret Hunter, and guidance from sculptor Laurie Burt and artist Pam Knight have helped Cathy develop her style, technique, and practise.


Selected Exhibitions

2023 York Open Studios 2023 more...
2021 York Open Studios 2021 more...
2019 - present Roslyn Lyons Gallery MRC, University of York more...
2018 York Open Studios 2018 more...
December 2016 Blackrock City of London, UK
2016 York Open Studios 2016 more...
2015 York Open Studios 2015
2011 - 2012 De Clare's York, UK
2011 York Open Studios 2011 more...
2008 Roslyn Lyons Gallery MRC, University of York more...
2007 Norman Rea Gallery University of York, UK
2006 York Open Studios 2006
2006 City Screen York, UK