Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that Catherine Pickop has been selected as one of the four artists of the gallery’s recent ninth “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  Catherine will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and she will be featured on the gallery’s front page, in the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” archive.

Catherine Pickop is a professional artist based in Hong Kong. She specializes in creating minimal abstract paintings. It is Catherine’s desire to present through her artworks peace and stillness through repetition. She will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.

This solo exhibition will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to over 550+ major News Outlets, Premium FOX, CBS, NBC, Affiliated Sites, Guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News and social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

In addition, as part of her award package, she will now be featured as an Artsy.net Light Space & Time promoted artist.   The LST Artsy.net page will feature 5 pieces of the artist’s art, a small artist statement and their website URL’s as part of the gallery’s overall prize package.

Artsy.net averages 2 million visitors a month and 46% of Artsy users who have purchased art via Artsy started out as art enthusiasts rather than preexisting collectors.

Catherine’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.

The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public.  Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition; 1.  Their art.  2.  Their artist biography.  3.  Their artist statement.  These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  This was the ninth “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.

Below is Catherine’s Artist Biography, her Artist Statement, along with 20 of her paintings.  We hope that you will take the time to read Catherine’s information and to take a look at her unique minimal abstract paintings.

Artist Biography:

Repetition, stillness, and rhythm are essential elements in Catherine Pickop’s work. She is particularly interested in how art can help to express internal emotions and rationalize inner thoughts. She began using coffee residue as a personal material in her art-making exploring feelings consciously and subconsciously as a method of self-discovery Her works become a visual reflection of her mind, the process of her art-making describes how she sees the world, reconstructed on paper in minimal abstract form.

After exploring different media through her early stage, she is now more focused on drawings with natural mineral pigment and coffee residue. She created her own method and gesture of rubbing natural mineral pigment on paper which is a direct and intimate way of painting. Each painting evolves from a combination of carefully planned structure and the direct sensation of application and removal of pigment. The carefully calibrated neutral tones create complex spatial compositions which invite the audience to appreciate movement and subtle variations of color.

Artist Statement:

The process of my art making is a way to express my personal response to the world around me with a distinct technique and style. It is a profound self-communication and a visual representation of my mind. Art allows me to rebuild a long lost sensitivity and forms a path that leads to peace and stillness as well as an appreciation of the beauty of imperfection.

The sentimental longing for a peaceful mind and a constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist informs every step of my art creation process. The coffee residue is a major medium in my art. It began as a metaphor for routine and self-control and has developed into a useful tool to awaken and reconnect the senses.

Repetition, stillness, and rhythm are essential elements in my work, each painting is my yearning for harmony of order and beauty. Mechanical scoring on paper invokes a strong feeling of precision in order to achieve a compositional balance. The gesture of rubbing coffee residue and natural mineral pigments on paper using my body temperature, skin and the pressure of my fingers alone to control the tonal movement in color is for me, an intimacy between my body, mind, paper and the medium. The sound and scent, as well as the feeling, is therapeutic, meditative and liberating.

In making this art, an increasingly large body of work is being created with the same style and methodology while evolving iteratively into a variety of different compositional concepts.  Catherine’s website:  http://www.catherinepickop.com

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Catherine Pickop has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Catherine Pickop is a Hong Kong-based artist.  Catherine creates minimalist abstract art.  She was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists of the gallery’s recent Solo Art Exhibition Series #8. The placement in this competition qualified her abstract art to be showcased in this feature.

Catherine’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 550+ News Outlets, Premium News Outlets (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC TV & Radio Sites and inclusion on Google News & Bing News.  In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her Artist Showcase Feature in their various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Catherine’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

Artist Biography:

Catherine Pickop was born in Hong Kong in 1983. Having brought up in an autocratic and conservative family, she has been constantly feeling insufficient and anxious throughout her life. She graduates from Business studies and hotel management and working hard for money for ten years.

The life of chasing money confuses her even more, she decided to give up her career and concentrate on seeking the meaning of life, freedom, and companionship. Art is the only substantive way for her to communicate with herself. Throughout the last 3 years of studying in Fine Art offered by RMIT, she finds that life has another meaning for her.  

Catherine especially interested in how art can help to express internal emotions and rationalize inner thoughts. She started using coffee residue as a personal material in art making through a stream of consciousness as a tool to study herself. Catherine’s works are a visual reflection of her mind, the process of art-making is described how she sees the world, reconstructed than reappearing on paper in minimal abstract form. It is a spiritual evolution. She continues to use art to find internal peace and an appreciation of the beauty of imperfection.

Artist Statement:

The process of my art making is a description of how I observe the world, digest and reconstruct it. It is a self-communication and a visual representation of my mind and a journey of self-discovery.

This series of artworks began a year ago when I decided to use a coffee residue as a personal material in art-making as a tool to study my inner self. By exploring various types of art forms, ranging from sketching, painting, mark making, sculpture, and video I finally achieved a visual language which reflects my mind.

Through this series of works, I have found peace and stillness as well as an appreciation of the beauty of imperfection.

Repetition, stillness, and rhythm are essential elements in my work; they help me to create a moment of silence within me. Drawings circles for me is chasing the harmony of order and beauty. The gesture of rubbing coffee residue and color minerals on paper using my body temperature, skin and pressure of my fingers alone to control the tonal movement in color is for me an intimacy between my body, paper, and the medium. The sound, as well as the feeling, is therapeutic, meditative and liberating.  Catherine’s website is https://catherinepickop.com

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