press release

This considerable repertoire of images of fantasy, humour, horror, satire and pain covers approximately 35 years of the artist’s immense input. Catherine’s work evolved from delicate drawing and translucent pastel colours in his innocently ‘erotic’ early works to surrealistic and bazarre images of mutilation and torture as he became more aware of the undercurrent of torment of Apartheid South Africa. In the 1990s his work explored new areas of tension in the emerging new South Africa with the use of brilliant primary colours which seduce and entice. Primitive, Folk and Outsider art have been his points of reference and inspiration.

Walter Battiss was also an important influence when they became friends and Catherine was invited to co-create the fauna and flora of Fook Island.


Norman Catherine: Now and then