catherine parker
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​Catherine Parker is a painter/mixed media artist based in Toowoomba, Qld Australia. Her paintings and works on paper are largely narrative and rich in symbolism and colour - reflecting her diverse cultural experiences that often involve travel to India and within Australia

In 2005 Catherine conducted an Artist in Residence in New Delhi, India travelling also to Ladakh in the Himalayas where she visited Buddhist monasteries and studied Buddhist Artwork. She has since made 25 trips, each time gaining a deeper insight into the culture and the Arts. She continues to travel to India each year with sketchbook in hand to make small works on paper as well as visiting traditional Artisans. She now conducts twice yearly Art Tour Programs to India - visit: for itineries and costs and

 An avid, curious traveller, she seeks respite in makeshift studios with portable skecthbook invloving 'on the road' works. These travelogues that also include plein air works on paper, inform many of her artworks.

Ladakh, Indian Himalayas

A frequent traveller to India and Magnetic Island, (North Queensland), Australia, her works combine elements of the two continents; a metaphysical interest in nature and spiritual systems. 

Her paintings and works on paper are largely concerned with the multi-dimensional world in which we reside. Each painting is a metaphor for the many and varied worlds, be they portals to the stars, the sun, moon or simply the void.  The world is infinitely more amazing, spiritiually uplifting and courageously challeging than that we can see, feel and intellectualise.

Detail: Present Portal 2017
Acrylic and ink on canvas
Collection: QUT Art Museum, Brisbane 

Present Portal is currently on show in the exhibition 'Visibility' at QUT Art Museum , Brisbane, Australia
May 11 - August 4, 2019

Parker’s work is held in various public and corporate collections including: RMIT (Melbourne), Southern Cross University NSW, State Library of Victoria (Melbourne), Baillieu Library (Melbourne), Mater Hospital (Brisbane + Springfield), Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (Brisbane), Hummingbired House, TRAG - Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Gadens Lawyers (Brisbane) and QUT Art Museum, Brisbane

Previously represented by: SGAR: Spiro Grace Art Rooms Brisbane, Australia:


The Poetry Of Presence 2018 - 2019
Works in Progress....


Portals + Parables: 2 - 17 February, 2018
AIRSpace Projects, Sydney


Parallel Worlds - August 26 - September 30, 2017 
SGAR: Spiro Grace Art Rooms

Studio: Project Himalaya 100: works in progress: 2016 - 2019 (ongoing series)
Works on paper: watercolour and acrylic on Arches
Aim: to create 100 works based on my travelogues to the Indian Himalayas


It's (still) a Beautiful World - 22 August - 12 September 2015 
SGAR: Spiro Grace Art Rooms

​Works in Progress 2016Magnetic Island studio 
QLD Australia 

Everyone's a Guru! 2016/2017

Magnetic Island landscapes: 'Miniatures' 2013 - 2014 
Collectibles III @ SGAR - Spiro|Grace Art Rooms

Path of the Pilgrim 2012-2013 Catherine Parker and Kamal Swami (India)
and from the exhibition:
Two Worlds - Spiro Grace Art Rooms 
15 - 29 June 2013 

Transmorphing 2009 - 2011 including collaborations with Kamal Swami, India

 Nature and the Peripheral 2008-2009

Twenty Two Journeys - 2008

RED Earth/Moon Shimmer 2007
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Artist in Residence series

Artist in Residence Series - New Delhi, India 2005 - exhibited at Global Arts Village, New Delhi;
Seven Doorways -  Gallery@citylibrary, Melbourne 2006

Kali, put on your RED dress - Noosa Regional Art Gallery 2006 


Hanky Panky (multiples)
Also available at Multiple Box Gallery, Sydney