Cate West Zahl

  • Selected Works

    Cate West Zahl, Flatscape I, 2017
    Oil and charcoal on panel, 30 x 30 inches

    Cate West Zahl, Flatscape II, 2017
    Oil, pastel and charcoal on wood panel, 30 x 30 inches

    Cate West Zahl, Flatscape III, 2017.
    Oil, charcoal and pastel on wood panel, 30 x 30 inches


    Flatscape, Study #2, 2017
    Oil, charcoal and pastel on canvas, 20 x 16 inches

  • Biography

    Cate West Zahl first studied art under Lee Newman at the Holton-Arms school, and then went on to earn her BA in Fine Arts from Hamilton College. Her academic training was based in the standards of a perceptual fine arts tradition grounded in the technical study of life. These formative years spent working from live models, painting landscapes “en plein air”, and learning the elements of formal composition via still lives provided a strong foundation from which she could explore more explicit abstraction. Resulting paintings bring to mind Diebenkorn’s abstractions of Matisse.

    In her work, executed with painterly technique, an architectonic drawing forms the core structure, often times based in harsh angles found in the natural or artificial world. The composition then becomes a layering of colored regions cut by lines and angles, ultimately leading to a process of making choices of what to put in, and what to erase so that only the necessary components are left on the surface. Traces of these marks are intentionally left to display the result of a long struggle for balance and cohesion.





  • Bibliography

  • Articles & Reviews

    Derby, Elizabeth, “Lightness of Being,” Cville, 7/26/17, p. 33.