About

Saul Cathcart is a landscape artist who lives and works on the atmospheric North Cornish Coast. He paints abstracted plein air paintings of a landscape he’s known and treasured for over 30 years. With his own intuitive yet observational style he produces work filled with colour, depth and emotion.

‘Cornwall is my home – I love it, so I paint it.’

Artist statement…

‘I feel my best out in the landscape; in awe of the enormous sense of space, energised by the sea and positive. So that’s where I paint, with fresh air in my lungs.

I also want to allow myself to be free from what my brain thinks a landscape painting should be, to enable a level of removal from what is obvious. I’m far more interested in expressing a combined visual response to what I’m seeing and feeling, with all of my senses included.

I trust in the idea that my surroundings will be feeding into everything I make, referencing a particular location on some level. With this in mind, I hope to make a more honest painting that values ambiguity as much as reason – a painting about what a landscape painting can be. 

When I see my work I don’t see an abstract, only a landscape. It’s accurate to how I experience it. So for me everything there is relevant.

When I complete something I love, it’s not long until I want to try something new. But sometimes it’s tempting to try to replicate it, to get back that awesome feeling. But this is rarely achievable, because it’s that very uniqueness that excites me. It’s the moment when you feel like a painting is saying something or even shouting at you to stop and take a step back. I want to listen to this and usually when I do, I end up with a rare and precious thing.’

Saul Cathcart – 2022

Education

Winchester School of Art – Fine Art (BA)

Falmouth Collage of Art – Foundation Art and Design

Solo exhibitions

2021

‘Make mistakes’ The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
‘Light feeds colour’ Valency Fine Art at The Rock Institute, Cornwall

2020

‘My immediate space, Padstow Gallery, Cornwall
‘Made in the moment’ The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2019

‘Considered intuition’ Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
‘Breathe it in’ The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
‘New work’ Wave 7 Gallery, Wadebridge, Cornwall
‘Love every minute’ The Salthouse Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2018

‘Being There’ The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
‘It’s all about the light’ Salthouse 1 Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
‘Nothing is permanent’ The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
‘Summer exhibition’ Wave 7 Gallery, Trelights, Cornwall
‘Trust your instinct’ The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
‘It just is’ Salthouse 2 Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2017

‘Painting Is Freedom’ Salthouse 2 Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
‘Every Mark Made’ Wave 7 Gallery, Trelights, Cornwall
‘What I Feel’ The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
‘Soaking Up The Atmosphere’ Salthouse 1 Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2016

‘Light On Grey’ Theatre Royal Plymouth Gallery, Devon
‘Coast On Canvas’ The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
‘New Paintings’ Valency Fine Art at The Rock Institute, Cornwall
‘Cornish Summer Paintings’ Wave 7 Gallery, Trelights, Cornwall
‘Paint, Sun And Sand’ The Willoughby Gallery, Bude Castle, Cornwall
‘On The Beach’ Salthouse 2 Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

2015

‘Abstraction And Accuracy’ The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
‘Before The Turn’ The Poly Falmouth Gallery, Cornwall
‘Across The Camel’ Wave 7 Gallery, Trelights, Cornwall
‘Before The Turn Part 2’ The Poly Falmouth Gallery, Cornwall

2014

‘Where Land Meets Sea’ Artmill Gallery, Plymouth, Devon
‘Shorelines’ Valency Fine Art at The Rock Institute, Cornwall
‘Sand Under Foot’ Wave 7 Gallery, Trelights, Cornwall

2013

‘Outlines Of Land’ The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
‘From The Heart’ Wave 7 Gallery, Trelights, Cornwall

2012

‘Cornwall’s Lost Coastline’ Valency Fine Art at The Rock Institute, Cornwall
‘Uncovered Colour’ Wave 7 Gallery, Trelights, Cornwall

2011

‘Daymer Bay And Its Surrounding Shores’ Wave 7 Gallery, Trelights, Cornwall
‘The Roar Of The Sea’ The Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall
‘Private Views’ The Old Vicarage Open House, St Clether, Cornwall

2010

‘7 Bays’ Valency Fine Art at The Rock Institute, Cornwall
‘Headlands And Horizons’ Over The Moon Gallery, St Agnes, Cornwall
‘Saul Cathcart at Duchy Square’ Duchy Square Centre for Creativity, Princetown, Devon

2009

‘New Paintings’ Valency Fine Art at Exeter Castle, Cornwall
‘Light Winning’ Artistic Alliance at The Grain Store, Cork, Ireland

2008

‘Emotive Landscapes’ Artonomy Fine Art, Truro, Cornwall
‘Cornish Cliffs’ The Willoughby Gallery, Bude Castle, Cornwall

2007

‘Seascapes’ Valency Fine Art at The Rock Institute, Cornwall
‘Seascapes Part 2’ The St Enodoc Hotel, Rock, Cornwall
“Cornwall’s Rugged Skin’ The North Cornwall Museum, Camelford, Cornwall
‘Strangles’ St Clether School Room, Cornwall

2006

‘New Work’ The Arts Gallery, Okhampton, Devon
‘Paintings’ The Yew Tree Gallery, Morvah, Cornwall

2005

‘Sea and Landscape Paintings’ Southgate Arch Gallery, Launceston, Cornwall

Represented by

cornwallcontemporary.com

padstowgallery.co.uk

penwithgallery.com

valencyfineart.com

gallerytresco.co.uk

morgansfalmouth.com