is a Sydney-based artist,  born in Ballarat, Victoria.Educated at Melbourne's RMIT and at the National Art School Sydney, she was awarded  a Master of Fine Art in Painting in 2011 with a body of work and thesis on a Re-Appraisal of Metonymy in Contemporary Landscape Response. She has been a finalist in many state and national awards including

the Paddington Art Prize, AGNSW Dobell Drawing Prize, NSW Parliament House Plein-Air Painting Prize, Portia Beach Portrait Award and The National Works on Paper Award 2014 when her work was acquired for the permanent collection of Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.


Catherine has held regular solo and group shows in Sydney and in 2017 was invited to join 10 French contemporary abstractionists in Subito Presto 2 at Progress Gallery Paris: "Catherine Cassidy's work has a bravura carried by its daubed and scribbled marks. Bold, dense, delicious. You can see the joy of her hand, the sure and deliberate erasures. She is brave, fearless, never afraid of clumsiness, prettiness, awkwardness or the wayward irreverence of childhood."  


​'I see my work as undeniably of this country but I also want it to come from another place, a place where I imagine all the original forms of the world must congregate, a giant meeting-place with things talking with each other. I want to go there when I paint and choose those things that step forward as bright, new signifiers of landscape. So, although initially, I work intimately, plein-air, in some very remote and challenging places, I see myself sitting in two worlds, I look one way and see  things as they appear, then another way and see them becoming something else, something that hasn't been seen yet. I like to work with big elemental things, light, air and space and I hope  my work will  become even more primal and inventive, to see how far back can take natural forms without losing a necessary connection. I like paint and its mad mistakes and in the end I'm just chasing the best, most communicative image I can make."

Born: Ballarat Victoria

Education: Graphic Design RMIT Melbourne. 

Assoc.Dip. St GeorgeCollege Sydney

Master of Fine Art - Painting, National Art School Sydney


2017 Art2Muse Gallery Sydney miao miao

2016 Crawford Gallery Sydney   DeepField

2015 Art2Muse Gallery Sydney  Underneath A Plain Thing

2014 Art2Muse Gallery Sydney  Supernatural Paintings from The Gulf

2014 Chapter House Lane Gallery Melbourne  Calling

2012 Ann Snell Gallery Sydney New Work

2010 National Art School Project Space FAR

2007 Sara Roney Gallery Sydney Westworld Paintings from Lake Mungo

2006 Sara Roney Gallery Sydney South Coast Paintings

2006 Sara Roney Gallery Sydney Finke River Series 

2005 ArtSydney05 Independent Artists Showcase

2001 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery South Paintings and Drawings 


2017 Progress Gallery Paris Subito Presto2

2017 Paddington Art Prize

2017 Walcha Gallery Catherine Cassidy and Louise Tuckwell New Work 

2017 Despard Gallery Hobart 'At Bull Bay' Bruny Island residency artists.

2016 Paddington Art Prize Sydney 

2015 Paddington Art Prize Sydney

2015 Galeria Giulia Rome  The Kangaroos Visit

2015 Kogarah Cultural Centre  Art and The Land

2015 Kogarah  Cultural Centre Kogarah Art Prize

2014 Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Victoria National Works on Paper 

2014 Mosman Art Prize

2013 Damien Minton Gallery Sydney  Low Relief

2013 Danks Street  Depot 2 Gallery Sydney

2012 Mosman Art Prize

2010 Paddington Art Prize

2010/2009 NSW Parliament House Plein-Air Painting Prize

2010 Mary Place Gallery Sydney  Lake Eyre and Beyond

2001/05/07 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery  Lake Mungo: Interpreting Land,Works on Paper,Southern Exposure.

2000/04/06 S.H.Ervin Gallery Sydney  Portia Geach Portrait Award

2000 Art Gallery of New South Wales  Dobell Drawing Prize 


2017 Awarded Paddington Art Prize Artist Retreat Prize 

2015 Awarded Paddington Art Prize  Artist Retreat Prize

2014 Acquisition for the Permanent Collection of Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

form the National Works on Paper Awards

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