Acrylic on panel
48" x 48" | 122cm x 122cm
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Catto Vanessa Houghton was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and obtained her BFA at Concordia University in Montreal, with a major in Painting and a minor in Art History and Theory. Since completing her undergraduate degree she has maintained an independent studio practice as a visual artist working out of both Walnut Studio's and Sterling Studios in Toronto, as well as living and working in San Francisco for a year in 2009/2010. Catto's most recent body of work, consisting of large scale abstract geometric paintings on stained wood panel demonstrate a departure from her previous and extensive body of work in contemporary portraiture. Her background in the visual arts prior to University was heavily founded in a more classical approach to the figure, which developed and became more stylized in her early twenties as she embarked on a series of portraits that occupied the next eight years of her studio practice. This body of work explored youth and cultural identity and the means in which it is shaped by soci