Catherine, Norman (1949 – )
Norman Catherine was born in East London, South Africa. He studied at the East London Technical
School of Art and held his first exhibition in 1969. This exhibition consisted of oil paintings on wood,
bone, wire and an assortment of found objects. A year later he began a career as a commercial artist in
After his first exhibition, Catherine began collaborating with Walter Battiss on the project “Fook Island”.
Catherine spent time in New York and Los Angeles, working on various projects. He has also represented
South Africa in major international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale and Art Basel. He has also
been part of various shows in New York, Los Angeles, London and Berlin.
As a painter and sculptor, he works in a variety of media. Over the last 40 years he art has undergone
several metamorphoses. Each passing decade has been characterized by different features. In his career
over the last 30 plus years, his visual trademarks have included rough-edged comical and nightmarish
forms, rendered in brash cartoon colours. He has had 25 solo exhibitions and his work can be found
various public and private collections, locally and internationally.
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