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Original by Cate Maddy

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Original by Melbourne artist Cate Maddy. 
Oil on canvas framed in a natural shadow line box frame. 
Dimensions: 104cm x 104cm

Still life painting has a long tradition it can be seen as a celebration of earthly pleasures or a warning of the ephemeral nature of these pleasures and one’s own mortality.

These traditions are still interesting to investigate and although my work draws on symbolism and vanitas traditions the relationship between the artist and society has fundamentally changed. I wish to reflect upon messages about the relationship between society, and its objects, and the range of meanings they embody, symbolic, moral, sexual, especially when considering the place and struggles of women in society today.

In my series I am interested in objects of desire, lavish bouquets of flowers and the trophy symbol incorporated in my work speak to the objectification of women, the complicated dialogue we have with feminism juxtaposed against the symbolism of the purity of flowers, domestic connotations, materialism, greed and ideas of momento mori.



2005     Bachelor Fine Art with Distinction, RMIT

2005     Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training

1999     Diploma Visual Art, Box Hill Tafe


2017    Loud & Lunatic, Anthea Polson Art, Queensland

2014     Land of grass without memory, Gadfly gallery, Perth

2012     Static gesture, Spiro and Grace Art Rooms, Brisbane

2012     Best Imitation, Anthea Polson Art, Gold Coast

2010     Hyperballad, Harrison Galleries, Sydney

2005     Dominant, Submissive, Red Gallery Melbourne

2000     Sister, Sister, Roar Studios, Melbourne


2018      AKBellinger gallery

2017      Xmas Show Anthea Polson Art

2017    St Kevin’s Art Award

2017      Moree Gallery

2016    ‘Reanimating the Inanimate’ Morton Bay Regional Gallery, Queensland

2016    Pop up in Melbourne, Anthea Polson Art

2016    Xmas Show, Anthea Polson Art, Queensland

2015    Xmas Show, Anthea Polson Art, Queensland    

2013     Xmas Show, Anthea Polson Art, Queensland

2012     Self Portrait Xmas Exhibition Anthea Polson Art

2011     Xmas Show, Anthea Polson Art, Queensland

2011     Prometheus Award Exhibition, Queenland

2011     New works, Colour and Form, SGAR Art Rooms, Brisbane

2011     Stockroom show, Harrison Galleries

2010     Xmas Portrait Show, Anthea Polson Art, Queensland

2010     John Leslie Art Prize Exhibition, Gippsland Gallery, Sale

2010     Young Guns, Anthea Polson Art, Queensland

2009      Xmas Show, Anthea Polson Art, Queensland

2009      Art Sydney, Harrison Galleries, Sydney

2009      Cate Maddy, Lauren Potts and Miranda Skoczek, Harrison Galleries, Sydney

2009      Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Award Exhibition

2008      Seven Contemporary Artists, Forty-five Downstairs, Melbourne

2007      Lost and Found, The Brick Lane Gallery, London

2007      MLC Art Prize Exhibition, MLC, Melbourne

2006      John Leslie Art Prize Exhibition, Gippsland Gallery, Sale, Victoria

2004      Siemens RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Exhibition -RMIT Gallery, Melbourne


2017      Finalist St Kevin’s Art Award

2011      Finalist Prometheus Award, Queensland

2010      Finalist Redlands Art Award, Queensland (withdrawn)

2010      Finalist John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Gallery, Sale

2009      Finalist Williamstown Contemporary Art Award

2007      Finalist MLC Art Prize

2006      Finalist John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Gallery, Sale

2004      Awarded the 2004 Siemans RMIT Fine Art Travel Scholarship


Artbank - Sydney

Mater Private Hospital collection, Brisbane

Tolarno Boutique Hotels Melbourne

Private collections Australia and London.

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