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Color Balance: Art by Catherine Radix Mansell

An ink and wax painting of abstracted flowersFlower Forms

Catherine Radix Mansell works with a variety of delicate media including inks and encaustic. The artist’s works are often created in the style of traditional Japanese ink paintings, with great attention to negative space and color balance.

An ink painting of a delicate pink flowerDelicate


I really enjoy the works in Catherine’s Sumi-e gallery. The title of the series refers to the Japanese term for this style of ink wash painting, and the artist’s works are lovely contemporary examples of the practice. Catherine tends to work with floral figures in these paintings, and most of her paintings are composed with a simple, central figure surrounded by white space. This simplicity creates a peaceful, meditative tone for most of the images.

A screen capture of Catherine Radix Mansell's art websiteThe front page of Catherine's art portfolio website


In her Mythical Archetypes series, Catherine takes a more experimental approach. It looks like the artist brings encaustic medium into play in this series, and the resulting works are much stronger and more heavily textured than her ink paintings. I enjoy the depth of color that Catherine achieves through her encaustics, similar to the work of Lisa Printz.

An abstract ink and encaustic painting in yellow and blueYellow Form

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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