Catherine Asquith is a highly educated and experienced arts professional. A former Melbourne-based gallerist (10 years), Catherine is tertiary educated and has an academic background in Art History, extensive international travel and residency and, in excess of 20 years working within the Australian art market, and latterly, the Asian art market, across both the primary and secondary sectors. In the past 3 years, Catherine’s focus has encompassed the international blue chip sector, managing off-market private transactions for internationally-based collectors and collections, for Modernist, Post-War and Contemporary artworks.
Attaining a BA with a major in Art History (LaTrobe University, Melbourne), Catherine undertook post-graduate studies in Sociology and completed a thesis for her B.Litt. (Hons.) degree (Deakin University, Melbourne). Thereafter, Catherine commenced a Post-Graduate Diploma in Museumology and Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. Alongside this latter degree, Catherine also undertook studies in Shakespearean literature at the University of Cambridge in the U.K.
Over a period of 20 years, residency in London, New York and Singapore availed an appreciation of the global art market, in addition to attendance at various major international art fairs, such as Frieze London, Art Cologne, Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Stage Singapore, and the Korean International Art Fair (KIAF).
Catherine’s expertise rests with a working knowledge of contemporary art practices inclusive of painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper, in addition to a nuanced understanding of the unique Australian Indigenous art practices. Specialist areas include Australian Art (Impressionist, Modernist, Contemporary), Aboriginal Art (Pintupi / Papunya Tula), and Asian Contemporary Art.
Catherine has curated exhibitions, nationally and internationally; published catalogues and articles on the art market; has been invited as a guest speaker for gallery exhibition openings, as well as exclusive corporate events; provided reportage on international art fairs; been the subject of television interviews in Asia in respect of art and investment; collaborated with auction houses on selected exhibitions; and has placed numerous artworks with significant institutional and corporate art collections, in addition to private and institutional art collections located across the globe.
Catherine has held various Board positions within the Arts, acting as an advisor and mentor, is a member of the Australian Art Consulting Association, and in January 2018, was appointed Manager of the Blue Chip Art Brokerage department for international art consultancy, Velvenoir.