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ARTISTS | Catherine Nelson


Catherine Nelson is a photographic and photomedia artist whose practice is informed by a combination of a degree in fine art from Sydney’s College of Fine Arts and subsequent cinema work in creating visual effects for films such as Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter and Baz Luhrmann’s Australia.

With years of experience in special effects, Nelson’s refocus on her own studio practice in 2008 has resulted in her developing compelling photo composite images and video works that broadly address ideas about ecology and the environment.

In 2012 Nelson was selected as the winner of the Gallery NOW Artist Award in Seoul, South Korea. In 2010 she was shortlisted for the Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Award, also winning the Client Choice Award in the same prize. Her works have captured the attention of photography collectors worldwide with works in collections in Europe, Asia, USA and Australia.

Catherine Nelson, Sydney Spring


Every NoThing, 2018

Submerged, 2016

Expedition, 2014

Other Worlds, 2013

Future Memories, 2010-2012


Every NoThing | Catherine Nelson

An infinite video loop of disappearing flora is central to this photo-media exhibition. Catherine Nelson once again captures our imagination with dramatic imagery and haunting inferences in this unique and captivating exhibition.
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born Australia 1970, lives Belgium


1996     B. Fine Art, College of Fine Arts, Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

Every NoThing, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

Submerged, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
Submerged, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin

Expedition, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
Expedition, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

Other Worlds, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
Other Worlds, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin

Other Worlds, Gallery NOW, Seoul, South Korea

Future Memories, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
Future Memories, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Beijing, China
Future Memories, Domonik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Future Memories, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France

Creation, Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney

Group Exhibitions

Natural/Unnatural, Kortrijk, Belgium
AQUA Miami, Rademakers Gallery
Wall Power: Contemporary Australian Photography, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin

Hyper-Botanica, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

Divine Abstraction, JAHM, Melbourne
Aquatic Life
, Monash Gallery Of Art, Melbourne

Non Existing Reality, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver
Wall Power: Significant Australian Contemporary Photography, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

Human + Graphy, Ulsan International Photography Festival, Ulsan, South Korea
Mandorla Prize, Finalist Exhibition, Perth

Blake Prize, Director’s Cut, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Moreton Bay Art Awards, Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia
The Poetry of Earth is Never Dead, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver, Canada
Australian Landscape : Present in the Now, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin
Digital Generation, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Brussels, Belgium

Melbourne Art Fair, Gallerysmith, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Australia
Heysen Prize for Interpretation of Place, Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf, SA
Murr-ma, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Terra Cognita, Noorderlicht Photography Festival, Groningen, Netherlands
Space Oddity, S Cube Gallery, California, USA
South of the Border, Queensland Centre of Photography, Brisbane
Flipside; Australian Photography, Project A7, Sarah Lee Artworks & Projects, LA, USA
Out of the Darkness, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

Hyper Realistic, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Award Exhibition, Sydney, Australia
Bowness Photographic Award, Monash Gallery of Art
Art Paris 2011, with Galerie Paris-Beijing
Magic Spaces, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Plus One, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Lake, Lake Macquarie Regional Gallery, Australia
Royal Bank of Scotland, Emerging Artist Award, Australia
Blake Prize Director’s Cut, Sydney, Australia

Future Artist, Nikon Next online exhibition, Japan


Finalist, Mandorla Prize, Finalist Exhibition, Perth

Photographer of the Year, AX3 Awards, USA (global shortlist)
Finalist, Moreton Bay Art Awards, Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia

Winner, Gallery NOW Artist Award, Seoul, South Korea

Winner, Eclectica 2011, Frensham Fellowship Art Prize, Mittagong, Australia
Finalist, Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Finalist, Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Award, Sydney, Australia

Winner, Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Client Choice Award
RBS Emerging Artist Award (finalist)

 Selected Publications / Press

2015  The Mix, ABC24, Feb 1, Interview with James Valentine, Sydney

2015  Distilling the Essence of Landscape, Photoworld, Beijing, pp167-177
Mechademia (cover), Volume 10, published by the University of Minnesota, USA
Liberation newspaper, June 2015, Bernadette Aauvagette, Paris, pp 4-5,

2014  Fractured Worlds, The New Yorker, New York, May 2014

2013  Gentre Di Fotographia, Modena, Italy, pp. 8-13

Financial Review Magazine, Front up, July Issue, France

Square, Magazine, France, pp 46-57

Premier Magazine, No 11, Vol 10, Beijing

2012  Huffington Post, Arts and Culture, October

IO DONNA, Rome, Italy

The Monthly Photo Art Magazine, Vol 283, No. 11, Beijing

BND Magazine, No 4, Vol 10, Seoul, Korea

2011  Alternative Law Journal (cover), vol 36 (2), Monash University Press,

La Vie L’Art, Arts Magazine, June – July Issue, France

           Future Memories, Catherine Nelson, 2011, ex. cat., Galerie Paris-Beijing

           Aude de Bourbon Parme, Paris-Beijing, Aller Retour, Art Actuel, March – April Issue, France

           Next Gen Leadership Series, Catherine Caines, WISH magazine, The Australian, May

Photoshop Til You Drop, Bethany Small, Time Out Sydney, February

Art Paris 2011, Photo, March issue, France

2010  Lake, exhibition. catalogue, Malcolm Smith, Lake Macquarie Press, NSW

RBS Emerging Artist Award 2010, ex. catalogue


Parliament House Collection, Canberra

Microsoft, USA

University of South Florida, USA

Morgan Stanley, New York

City of Sydney Collection

Artbank Australia

RACV Club, Torquay

Australia Club

David Lowe Collection, Sydney

Charles Justin Collection, Melbourne

Daryl Hewson Collection, Queensland

Various private collections in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia

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