I start many of my drawings through direct observation in naturalistic environments and then alter and evolve them in the rural studio. These works then return with me to my Brooklyn studio, where the cartoony, creatural imagery alternates with loft and city forms to further create an abstract language in my oil paintings.
My images are connected in spirit to early modernists like Arthur Dove and Arshile Gorky, and extend the possibilities of further transmuting nature into a new voice.
I explore the personal inventions and narratives derived from drawing by taking a kind of dictation of the silhouettes and postures of trees, bushes and landforms and creating characters out of them: Forms either reaching toward one another, being repelled by one another or maintaining a solitary distance. The meek wisps of willow hold ground with huge burnt coal rocks; tiny insects fly around chunky Cottonwoods and leaden cows. I am interested in the absurd playing field of Nature, and in the rhythmic equanimity of it.
Artist Bio / CV
Cathy Diamond was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Michigan, followed by graduate studies at the New York Studio School. There, she received a fellowship prize for a Yale Summer Residency. Other awards include full fellowship grants from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2005) and Jentel Residency in Wyoming (2007), a 2007 grant from Artists Fellowship, Inc., as well as grants from Byrdecliffe and IPARK Residencies (2008-9)
From 2010-12 Diamond exhibited in 'New Walls, Fresh Paint' at the Painting Center, Brik Gallery in Catskill, Leslie Heller Gallery, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Sideshow, and Nurture Art. In 2009 Diamond was nominated for the Invitational for Contemporary Art at the National Academy of Art. She has shown in group and solo shows in NYC at: Gallery Boreas, Roebling Hall, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Sideshow Gallery, The Painting Center, Farrell Pollock Fine Art, among others. Outside of NY she has shown at Miami Basel 2007,Eastern Connecticut U., Haveford College, Provincetown Museum, Chicago Art Fair 2007, and Agnon Gallery in Cleveland.
A portfolio of drawings is represented in the Pierogi 2000 Flatfiles.
Diamond lives and works in Brooklyn.