Gatherer, Catherine Repko Installation view

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15.10 – 19.11 2022

Catherine Repko:Gatherer

Catherine Repko:Gatherer

15.10 – 19.11.2022

Closed

Hours

Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

3-5 Swallow Street
London
W1B 4DE

Huxley-Parlour is pleased to present Gatherer: an exhibition of work by London-based artist, Catherine Repko. Using an emphasis on reduced forms and negative space, Repko explores the intersection between documentary and painting, memory and obfuscation, to create nostalgic and painterly tableaux. The exhibition title, Gatherer, references the archaic practice of gathering as a framework through which to understand practices of care, worldbuilding, and relating to others within storytelling. It will be the artist’s first solo exhibition with Huxley-Parlour.

Catherine Repko’s exhibition is made from archival reference material, and is developed in particular from home videos of the artist and her three sisters growing up in Italy. Working from pixelated stills, Repko casts digital memories in an earthen palette, using the process of attrition to simplify, flatten, and subtract from the documented compositions. In doing so, Repko’s painting mythologises memory, translating ephemeral footage into tangible objects. Her use of reduction, her relentless commitment to line, and the choice to obscure her subject’s faces both anonymises personal, family memories, and opens up her compositions to become universal tableau. Repko describes the works as having ‘one foot based in reality’, but as ‘missing something that maybe wasn’t even there to begin with’.

The exhibition is open Monday-Saturday. On weekdays the gallery is open 10am-5.30pm and on Saturdays, 1.30pm-5.30pm.

THE EXHIBITION

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The Works

14

1

Catherine Repko

Spring’s Harvest

2022

Oil on linen

2

Catherine Repko

Seekers

2022

Oil on linen

3

Catherine Repko

Summerdusk

2022

Oil on linen

4

Catherine Repko

Charm

2022

Oil on linen

5

Catherine Repko

Treasure

2022

Oil on canvas

6

Catherine Repko

Honeysuckle

2022

Oil on canvas

7

Catherine Repko

Basket Keepers

2022

Oil on canvas

8

Catherine Repko

Garden Dealings

2022

Oil on canvas

9

Catherine Repko

Oats, Seeds, Weeds and Others

2022

Oil on canvas

10

Catherine Repko

Finding Homes Amongst the Olive Trees

2022

Oil on linen

11

Catherine Repko

Mother

2022

Oil on canvas

12

Catherine Repko

watershed

2022

Etching on Zerkall printmaking paper

13

Catherine Repko

holy moments

2022

Etching on Hahnemuhle printmaking paper

14

Catherine Repko

whispers

2022

Etching on Hahnemuhle printmaking paper

Catherine Repko

B. United States1990

Catherine Repko, Portrait in her London Studio. HUXLEY-PARLOUR

B. United States1990

Biography

Catherine Repko’s current practice explores the relationship between the artist and her three sisters. Intimate and poignant, Repko’s work examines familial bonds, identity and humanity, examining both the literal and figurative space between sisters – through time and distance, childhood to adulthood.

Catherine Repko was born in the United States in 1990. She completed a foundation in Art and Design at Chelsea College of Art, London in 2010 before obtaining a BA in Illustration from the University of Brighton in 2013. She graduated with an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2021. Repko was the recipient of The Triangle Network Fellowship from The Arts Council England in 2016, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in 2020, and more recently was The Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust prizewinner for 2021-22.

She lives and works in London.

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