Newzones is pleased to present the solo exhibition by Cathy Daley, titled ‘Drawings’.
Cathy Daley is one of Canada’s most celebrated female artists. Drawing from the world of high fashion and our fascination
with vintage Hollywood sex symbols, Daley’s work made with black oil pastel on white vellum is a contemporary exploration
of both body politics and culturally accepted images of femininity. These iconic drawings often point to the formulas behind
many stereotypes, which are built on unrealistic ideals of perfection and cultural caricatures propagated by the fashion world.
At first glance, Cathy Daley's drawings are all frothy and savvy girlishness. Daley’s drawings, in fact, reflect an aesthetic
driven by the contemporary figure yet coloured by post-feminist ideas surrounding the female form.
On her working method, Daley explains, "It is an idea of notation, sometimes like writing. It's very immediate and also
intuitive: a thinking process. I can change the image with one stroke. I'll do several drawings in one session and my ideas
evolve through working. I'll start with one image and that will lead me to the next, yet often I repeat and repeat an image."
Born in 1955, Toronto, Ontario, Cathy Daley received her BFA from Ontario College of Art in 1975. Her drawings have been
widely exhibited across North America and Europe. Much has been written about Daley’s work including reviews in Canadian
Art, Globe & Mail, Border-Crossings and Art in America. Cathy Daley is a recipient of numerous awards and grants including
the Canada Council ‘A’ grant in 2001. Her artworks can be found in collections all over the world, including the permanent
collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Ontario, the Kelowna Art Gallery,
and Tom Thomson Art Gallery, amongst others.