Catrin Webster is a painter who over the past ten years has to explored and extend her painting practice through collaboration and dialogue: To consider potential relationships between image and space; colour and environment; experience and gesture. This has brought Webster into contact with a diversity of media, including sound, installation and video in combination with or as an extension of painting practice.
The relationship between perceived and embodied space has been a central concern throughout Webster’s career. This has led her to create conditions for painting outside of the studio, for example converting a Transit van into a mobile home and studio, with a glass rack on the side acting as mobile easel; cycling 2000 miles around Wales painting and drawing along the route; travelling by public transport over land and sea to Crete.
More recently Webster learnt to ride a motorbike and has based an extensive body of work on the experience of riding. In 2009 she rode to Rome where she developed work at British School at Rome (BSR) which formed part of the practice based PhD, Intimate Distance: A Painter in Contemporary Landscape, (2010).
Catrin Webster, in her Elysium studio, Swansea, is currently painting a series of studies of first and last light which are being developed into a substantial body of work for exhibition next year, combining interests in the cross over between digital media and painting and painting as light.
Catrin Webster was born in Cardiff in 1966. She has lived and painted in Rome, Reykjavik, Cardiff, London and Mid Wales and has recently moved to Swansea after her appointment to teach fulltime at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD Swansea, where she is programme director for the BA Fine Art, MA Contemporary Dialogues and Research Degrees, 2015.
Webster studied Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and gained a Phd from the University of Wales in 2010.