About The Artist

Catherine Abel

In our quest to commission an artist to create a stunning Art Deco oil painting for the Beresford Lounge, we were drawn to the unique style of Catherine Abel’s work.

A sleek vision of Glasgow’s past, harmoniously tied to the future through elegant Art Deco design elements and luxurious, streamline detailing – the Beresford Lounge seeks to invite guests into the glamorous world of the roaring twenties, with a modern edge. To truly allow our stunning historic venue to shine, we wanted to commission a remarkable piece of art to act as the crowning jewel of the Beresford Lounge.

Finding an artist who would capture our vision, with the specialised style we were looking for, involved searching far and wide. This was when we discovered the work of globally renowned, Australian artist, Catherine Abel.

We asked Catherine to create a truly spectacular mural; a piece which would celebrate Glasgow’s rich history and culture, whilst taking pride of place as a homage to the Art Deco design within our very own bar. Catherine’s final piece achieved all of this and more, resulting in a modern masterpiece: The Spirit of Glasgow.

Catherine Abel is renowned internationally for her striking figurative oil paintings. Combining the sleek, stylised geometry of the Art Deco period with the clarity, richness of colour, and depth of light of the Italian Renaissance Masters, her works are powerfully seductive compositions of beauty, elegance, strength and grace.

Self-taught, Abel began painting professionally after moving to Paris in 2000. Influenced greatly by European art and history, she immersed herself in her painting, rapidly building her reputation as a fine art painter. She has exhibited in Australia, France and the USA and is a sought-after portraitist.

On returning to Australia, Abel has continued to exhibit and sell both locally and internationally. She has been a finalist in the Archibald, Sulman and Portia Geach Art Prizes and her works are featured in private collections worldwide.

These days you’ll find Catherine in her light filled studio in the cool climate of the Central Highlands of Victoria nestled in a village steeped in the history of the gold-rush era. This inspirational part of the world combines the romance of old with a contemporary energy, much like Abel’s work itself.  

“Australia will always be home for me. I love it here, but my soul is forever restless for Europe.”

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