— The work of Cathalijn Wouters (Tilburg, the Netherlands, 1955) is both elusive and revealing.
The work of Cathalijn Wouters (Tilburg, the Netherlands, 1955) is both elusive and revealing. This paradox is also the very nature of her art. The enchantment emanating from her work reflects Wouters’ unrestrained enthusiasm in expressing her view of the world. Her versatile but consistent body of work consists of a trinity of drawings, paintings, and books.
In a continuously shifting field of tension in which figuration and abstraction attract, repel, and complement each other, man in all his physical and mental manifestations is always present. The figures of men and women, always drawn or painted in elegant but sober lines, always naked and with classicist overtones, loom up from or fade into unfathomable depths of colours and shapes. The figures’ meaningful poses represent mankind’s struggle with its own being, mirrored against Wouters’ artistic and personal quest. Medium, technique or material are irrelevant. They are there to serve the themes – of deliverance, longing, development – that Wouters alludes to in a very personal yet universal way. Whether in oil, charcoal, ink or wax and often in a subtle, multilayered mixture of these. in which Wouters demonstrates her skill in leaving things out through an intuitive trust in serendipity, man may become (self)portrait, landscape or abstraction. Whatever her recent work is or does, it articulates a new élan of gained freedom.
— Erik Quint, Art critic.