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

In 2009, Catherine began her first collaborations with Kamal Swami, an Indian artist based in Jaisalmere, Rajasthan who works in the traditional miniature painting style.

 An avid, curious traveller, she seeks respite in makeshift studios and with portable skecthbook invloving 'on the road' works.

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. 

She is equally fascinated with and endowed to this beautiful ancient continent called Australia that she calls 'home'. And to the indigenous women of the central desert - the Anagu who opened up their hearts to share their stories through ceremony which she has been blessed to take part in over the years. 

Her paintings and works on paper are largely concerned with the multi-dimensional world in which we reside in. Each painting is a metaphor for the many and varied worlds, be they portals to the stars, the inner earth, the sun, moon or simply the void. The reality we obsess with is only one reality. We are blessed with a multitude of worlds that exist in the same non linear timeframe. The world is infinitely more amazing, spiritiually uplifting and courageously challeging than that we can see, feel and intellectualise.

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 and Gadens Lawyers (Brisbane).

She is represented by: SGAR: Spiro Grace Art Rooms Brisbane, Australia:

Catherine is also a dedicated workshop facilitator conducting Painting/Mixed media workshops for secondary students and adults.


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


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

Studio: works in progress: Ladakh, Himalayas 2016
Works on paper: watercolour and acrylic on Arches


Everyone's a Guru! 2016/2017

​Works in Progress 2016Magnetic Island studio 
QLD Australia 

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

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

Twenty Two Journeys - 2008

 Nature and the Peripheral 2008-2009

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