Norman Clive Catherine

(1949 - )

About

Norman Catherine was born in East London, South Africa in September 1949.  

In 1969 he held his first solo exhibition consisting of oil paintings on wood, bone, wire and an assortment of found objects. His art has since undergone several metamorphoses, from the pristine airbrush paintings of the 70s to the frenzied, ritualistic mixed media works of the early and mid 80s; the wire sculptures and tin can works of the late 80s, and the primitive-futuristic paintings of the early 90s which provided the seeds for his pre-millennial menagerie of anthropomorphic beasts. In the thirty years spanning his past and present output, Catherine’s visual trademarks have included rough-edged comical and nightmarish forms, rendered in brash cartoon colours. His idiosyncratic vision - a combination of dark cynicism and exuberant humour, as well as his innovative use of everyday materials, has secured his place at the forefront of South African contemporary art.

  • Chronology

    1949

    Born 30 September, in East London, South Africa

    1967 – 1968

    Studied at East London Technical College Art School

    1970 – 1971

    Worked as a commercial artist in Johannesburg

    1972

    Became full-time fine artist

    1973

    Began participation with Prof. Walter Battiss on the Fook Island Project

    1975

    Began building home, Fook Manor, at Hartbeespoort Dam designed by Stanley Saitowitz

    1981

    Worked for R.O. Blechman, New York on animation project, Stravinsky's "La Histoire du Soldat"

    1984 – 1985

    Spent a year in New York & Los Angeles

    1995

    Graphic Novel, The Legend of Memo the Hierophant, created with Allan Cameron, published by Orion Books, UK

    1999

    Married Janet Walker after 33 years together

    2000

    Monograph: ‘Norman Catherine’ published by Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

  • Exhibitions

    Solo Exhibitions

    2013

    Incognito, Circa Gallery, Johannesburg

    2006

    Dualities, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    Now & ThenRetrospective, Johannesburg Art Gallery

    2005

    Now & ThenRetrospective, Polokwane Art Gallery

    Now & ThenRetrospective, Durban Art Gallery

    Now & ThenRetrospective, Nelson Mandela Metro Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth

    Now & ThenRetrospective, Stellenbosch Art Gallery

    2004

    Urban Mutations, Moba Art Gallery, Brussels

    Now & ThenRetrospective, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein

    Now & ThenRetrospective, Pretoria Art Museum

    2002

    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    2000

    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    1995

    Espace XL, Luxembourg

    1994

    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    1993

    Spot-On Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia

    1991

    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    1987

    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    1986

    Area-X Gallery, New York, USA

    Gallery 21, Johannesburg (100 works from Pelmama Collection)

    SA Association of Arts, Pretoria

    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg (Fook Island – Walter Battiss Commemoration Exhibition)

    1985

    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    1984

    SA Association of Arts, Windhoek, Namibia

    1982

    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    Gowlett Gallery, Cape Town

    1980

    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    1979

    Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg (Retrospective exhibition 1969-1979)

    1978

    Kunsthandel SIAU, Amsterdam, Holland

    Gallery 21, Johannesburg

    1977

    No 13 Abel Road Gallery, Johannesburg

    1976

    Gallery 21, Johannesburg

    1974

    Goodman-Wolman Gallery, Cape Town

    1973

    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    1672

    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

    1971

    NSA Gallery, Durban

    1970

    Motif Gallery, East London

    1969

    Herbert Evans Gallery, Johannesburg

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2013

    It’s New, It’s Now, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota, USA

    2012

    Impressions from South Africa: 1965 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

    2011

    Entre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain

    Water – the [Delicate] Thread of Life, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg

    Art Monaco ’11, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco

    2010

    Translations: Art in Jewellery, Standard Bank, Johannesburg

    2007

    Local Racism, Global Apartheid, CCCP, Barcelona, Spain

    2006

    1er Salon d’Art Contemporain Africain, Brussels, Belgium

    2004

    Identity – The ID of South African Artists Exhibition, Scheveningen, Holland

    2003

    Art 34, Basel, Switzerland

    2002

    Natural Born Painters, Galerie W, Paris, France

    Passport to South Africa, Centro Culterale Trevi, Bolzano, Italy

    L’humour dans i’art contemporain, Espace Belleville, Paris, France

    2000

    Zeignössische Kunst aus Südafrika, Bayer AG, Leverkussen, Germany

    1998

    United Nations Portfolio:New York – Artists Salure Gerard Schroeder

    1997

    Fin de Siecle, Michel Luneau Art Gallery, Nantes, France

    South Africa, Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

    1996

    Colours, Zeignössische Kunst aus Südafrika, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

    Art 27 ’96, Basel, Switzerland

    Simunye, Adelson Galleries, New York, USA

    Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, USA (May)

    Common and Uncommon Ground, Atlanta, USA

    Eight from South Africa, Centre of the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, USA

    Modern Konst i Afrika, MalmöKonsthall, Malmö, Sweden

    1995

    USA (Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit and Wilberforce, Ohio)

    Panoramas of Passage: Changing Landscapes of South Africa, Meridian Cafritz Galleries, Washington, Touring

    Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Mayibuye i Afrika, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK

    On the Road, Delfina Studio Trust Gallery, London, UK

    Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

    1994

    In Full Color, Les Sacks Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

    Cuban Biennial, Havana, Cuba

    Ludwig Forum, Aachen, German

    1993

    Graphica Creativa, Jyvaskyla, Finland

    Venice Beinnial, Venice, Italy

    1991

    AA Life Vita Art Exhibition, Johannesburg

    1990 – 1991

    Art from South Afrikca, Zabalaza Festival, Oxford Museum, Oxford, UK (Touring Exhibition)

    1990

    Voices from South Africa, Contemporary Art against Apartheid, Stuart Levy Gallery, New York, USA

    1989

    Art 20 ’89, Basel, Switzerland

    1987

    Art 18 ’87, Basel, Switzerland

    1986

    Pictures of People, Area-X Gallery, New York, USA

    1985

    Tributaries Exhibition, Johannesburg and Germany (BMW-sponsored Touring Exhibition)

    Soker-Kaseman Gallery, San Francisco, USA

    1981

    Defense Art Gallery, Paris, France

    Art EXPO, Los Angeles, USA

    Art EXPO, Sand Francisco, USA

    1975

    Art 6 ’75, Basel, Switzerland

    1973

    Galerie Daniel Gervis, Paris, France

    1972

    Galleria d’Arte L’Orizonte, Senigallia, Italy

  • Collections

    Public Collections– South Africa

    • Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
    • Johannesburg Municipal Art Gallery, Johannesburg
    • Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria
    • Durban Art Gallery, Durban
    • Ann Bryant Art Gallery, East London
    • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth
    • Sandton Municipality Art Gallery, Sandton
    • Oliwenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein
    • Pelmama Permanent Art Collection, Bloemfontein
    • Walter Battiss Museum, Somerset East
    • University of South Africa, Pretoria
    • Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg
    • University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
    • University of Natal, Durban
    • Roodepoort Public Library, Roodepoort
    • Department of National Education
    • Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle
    • Gauteng Legislature, Johannesburg
    • Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg
    • Constitutional Court of SA, Johannesburg
    • Reserve Bank of South Africa

    Public Collections– International

    Public Collection – Switzerland

    • The Haenggi Foundation Inc., Switzerland

    Public Collection – United States of America

    • Museums of Modern Art, New York, USA (MoMA)

    Public Collection – United Kingdom

    • Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, UK

    Public Collection – United States of America

    • Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA

    Corporate Collections– South Africa

    • Standard Bank, Johannesburg
    • Sasol Art Collection
    • Bankorp, Johannesburg
    • World Bank, Johannesburg
    • BHP Billiton, Johannesburg
    • Telkom, Johannesburg
    • Absa Bank, Johannesburg
    • Saronsberg Wine Estate Collection, Tulbagh
    • Vodacom, Cape Town
    • Sanlam Ltd., Bellville
    • Mobil Court Art Collection, Cape Town
    • Everite Ltd, Johannesburg
    • Premier Group, Johannesburg
    • Union Bank of Switzerland, Sandton

    Corporate Collections – International

    Corporate Collection – Switzerland

    • World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland

    Corporate Collection – United States of America

    • Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, USA

    Corporate Collection – Portugal

    • Berardo Foundation, Portugal

    Corporate Collection – Holland

    • Fortis Circustheatre, Scheveningen, Holland