Friends and fans caught the public reception Thursday night, but it’s not too late for Saskatoon art lovers to see the skillfull silkscreen prints of emerging artist Cate Francis. Her work is showing at the Esteem for the Home Gallery (in the College Park Mall on 8th Street) until June 3.
Francis’ serigraphs are simultaneously morbid and playful — fish with smoke-stack factories growing from their back swim through oil-spilled shallows; cats in bird disguise perch coyly on branches — darkness awash in refreshing gallows humour.
Cate’s Exhibition Small Monsters, shown at the Gallery at Frances Morrison Library, was voted 2nd Best Art Exhibition in the 2010 Planet S Best of Saskatoon. She has also twice received the Applied Arts Magazine Award in Illustration, this year receiving the highest scoring entry in the Young Bloods category for those who have graduated in the past three years.
Cate Francis obtained her BFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008. Since then she has remained active as an emerging artist in Saskatoon. In addition to her printmaking work, she also creates award winning designs and illustrations for the independent music scene locally and internationally.
— Rory MacLean