Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionism re-defines the purpose of art from social consciousness to human consciousness, stressing the Universal instead of the particular. Abstract Expressionism, marks the transition from lack of subject matter to abstract content. The intellectual capital of the European masters brought to the canvas of the twenty-first century. Certain so-called Abstraction is not Abstraction at all. It is the realism of our time.

Art is being interactive, with social bounding, and constitutes a collective narrative in our own virtual reality. Interactivity is a key element in today’s contemporary art. It has changed our perception of art and it challenges the role of the artist. With the rise and fall of emerging economies, Abstract Art expresses the hope and despair felt by many individuals.
There is a deep interactivity with the Medium as the medium produces meaning.

“Formal theories reveal a visual dimension underlying better-known picture theories.Patterns of elements such as lines, shapes, and spaces, along with their properties,generate emotional responses and follow visual styles in society. The elements combine into systems that create perspectives on the world. Formal awareness may generate an understanding of visual philosophies and their inherent values and consequences.
Picture theories start from the tension between scientific invention and artistic expression. From linguistics and philosophy, semiotics provides terms for analysing pictures as signs that mediate among mind, eye, and reality, operates within codes, and reproductive mythology.
From film and literary aesthetics, narrative theory offers analytical structures that reproduce realism through supposed objectivity, rationality, and autonomy in dialogue with conventions and genres. Critical, cultural, and poststructural theories assert the inauthenticity of pictures, social construction  of representation, and instability of meaning. Visual aesthetics, analysis, criticism, and ethics have entered flux in digital times.” Kevin G Barnhurst”, University Illinois, Chicago.


Timotei’s philosophy is transcendentalism, which focuses on reality beyond the material world. This could be considered a definition of abstract art itself.

“In the increasingly technological environment of the 21st century, we see a revival in the popularity of abstract art and abstract expressionism, with a particularly profound influence on painting and sculpture. Abstract expressionism is often considered for its advancement in painting, creating a form of narrative, which includes the viewer,” says Timotei.

Her artwork strives for an untutored style through a celebration of colour, form, contrast and scale; based upon the principle of touching the human soul; a profound expression of self; and society

About Catherine

Catherine Timotei’s art work features key aesthetics used by many of the sought after artists in today’s international market. She is drawing inspiration from various array of influences, from Renaissance masters to the 20th Century Abstract Expressionism movement. Her art work strives for un untutored style through a celebration of color, form , contrast and scale.
It was at MoMA New York with the heroes of abstract expressionism, which triggered her change over from the European modernism to abstract expressionism. Her radical shift in artistic direction rejected the inherited concept that art should copy nature. From here the visual theories become the focus of her artwork.
Timotei studied art in Florence and New York and hold several solo exhibitions in Botswana, South Africa, New York and Monte Carlo.
Catherine Timoteiis the founder of the Leonardo Da Vinci gallery in Cape Town.

Known for her expanding dimension  and exuberant colourful paintings, French Corsican artist Catherine Timotei’s work is drawing inspiration from a diverse array of influences, from Renaissance masters to the 20th- Century abstract Expressionism movement.

Her theory of pure colour echoes the powerful impressions left by Hans Hoffmann ” making a painting is almost a physical struggle”, and reflects the artist constant search to give volume presence; between reality and immateriality, between two-dimensional extension and three- dimensional depth.

With the moral impulse of the American expressionist heroes strongly entangled, she bridges the link between European and American expressionism to develop her own expressive potential. Her artwork is full of allusions and associations that are not easily deciphered, leaving room for it to take on a diaphanous form.

Timotei’s work features key aesthetics used by many of the most sought-after artists in today’s international market. Her understanding of abstract art has  culminated through her travels throughout the world.  This has pushed her art to reflect the juxtaposition between her rebellious nature and the need to be guided by honour, structure and ethics.

Catherine Timotei
Catherine Exhibition
Catherine Exhibition


Solo Exhibitions.

  • “Encounters”. Leonardo Da Vinci, Cape Town 2013.
  • “Abstract Expressionism and prelude”, Sophie Lalonde art Gallery Gaborone, Botswana. April 2014
  • “New perspectives in Painting “, Capago South Africa. June 2014
  • “Absorbing Modernity “, 14th July, Mont Nelson hotel. July 2014.
  • “Catalyst: Geometric Abstraction “. 16 September 2014 Bay Hotel, Cape Town.
  • “Catalyst: Collaboration”. 16 September 2014 Spier Hotel, Stellenbosch.
  • “Catalyst: Mondialisation”. October – November 2014 – January 2015 Saxon Hotel, Johannesburg.
  • “Catalyst: Interactivity”. October – November 2014 Alliance Francaise, Cape Town.
  • “Fast Co-exist Paris 2015” – Feb 2015, Hotel 15 on Orange, Cape Town.
  • Bokeh Fashion Film Festival – March 2015
  • Bokeh Fashion Film Festival – June 2015 Mercedes Benz, Bedford View, Johannesburg
  • Fast Co-Exist Reflection – May 2015 Exhibition, New York, USA
  • Fast Co-Exist Interactivity – July 2015 Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Salon Lounge Exhibition – November 2015, Leonardo Da Vinci Gallery, Cape Town
  • Leonardo Da Vinci salon lounge exhibition – 25th November 2015,
  • Art Auction Taj Hotel for the MPTBF – 16th March 2016,
  • Roche & Bobois Cape Town exhibition – 6th June 2016 to date.
  • Roche et Bobois Mauritius exhibition – 3rd October 2016 ,
  • Barcelona International Art Fair. BIAF 2016 – 16/17th December
  • Artscape Theatre Solo exhibition: Reflection. 19th to 24th April 2017
  • City Hall, Solo exhibition: Africa Odyssey, women empowerment summit. 16th June 2017
  • Lazaret- Ollandini, Museum Roland Petit , Solo exhibition. Ajaccio, Corsica, exhibition Kallistea. 10th to 23rd July 2017
  • Roche- Bobois Ajaccio, French designer show room, Solo Art exhibition from July 2017.
  • Roche Bobois JHB, French designer show room, group exhibition from August 2017.
  • Roche Bobois Cape Town, French designer show room. Group art exhibition from January 2017 throughout the year.

Catherine is the founder of the Leonardo da Vinci Art Gallery, Cape Town.


“My working definition of abstract art itself is an artistic and spiritual adventure. It focuses on reality beyond the material world.”
“Art is a universal language and powerful in its simplicity making it one of the most effective tools for communication and affecting change.”
“My vision is concerned with social dynamics to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development in order to address the social, economic, cultural, and environmental problems we face in the 21st century.”
“In today’s global village, collectors and artists in cultural centres around the world are playing a crucial role in defining the language of art. Participants include museums directors and art journalists who will express their experience and their influence on global cultural links.  In doing so, the depth of impact art has on society continues to grow.”
“With a strong influence on the moral and ethical principles development of societies, the mission of the artist in visual art, is to give the receiver of the artistic statement, emotions and impressions to reflect upon.”
“Interactivity is a key element in today’s contemporary art. It has changed our perception of art and it challenges the role of the artist. With the rise and fall of emerging economies, Abstract Art expresses the hope and despair felt by many individuals.”
“My mission statement through my artwork is a global art initiative, with the art of collaboration: co-exist in order to save the planet with the future of sustainable business and world changing innovation.”

– Catherine Timotei