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Stowmarket art exhibition showcases Colombian artist’s vibrant and playful artwork at popular Pallet Bar



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A Colombian artist has launched a new exhibition in a town’s popular bar.

Pallet Bar in Stowmarket will be showcasing Catalina Carvajal’s artwork for the next three months.

Curated by Sam Bell, community organiser of neighbouring business Fox Yard Studio, the exhibition features 40 pieces of Catalina’s vibrant and playful work.

Catalina's artwork is vibrant, fun and playful. Picture: Sam Harrison
Catalina's artwork is vibrant, fun and playful. Picture: Sam Harrison

Catalina said: “As I was invited to display my artwork here, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to do some acrylics which I normally do not have much time to do.

“Most of my art is digital and I create my own brushes on Photoshop.

“In the beginning, I had a digital pen and a small tablet - which I still use sometimes - but investing in higher quality equipment made a real difference in the way I work.

Sam Bell (left) and Catalina Carvajal (right) at the new exhibtion. Picture: Sam Harrison
Sam Bell (left) and Catalina Carvajal (right) at the new exhibtion. Picture: Sam Harrison

“I try to mix digital with acrylics because I miss the feeling of paint.”

Catalina shares most of her artwork on her website, www.catalinacarvajal.co.uk.

It has been a busy few years for the artist. She created a series of murals in Felixstowe during WAMfest, which is a festival that celebrate women’s achievements in the arts and music.

The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich also features Catalina’s colourful murals as she was a lead artist for the culture project Celebrate Our Culture.

The Pallet Bar features Catalina's artwork on the walls. Picture: Sam Harrison
The Pallet Bar features Catalina's artwork on the walls. Picture: Sam Harrison

She is based in Ipswich and describes Stowmarket as her second home because she is always visiting the town.

However, being based in Suffolk does not stop her Colombian roots from playing a vital role of inspiration in her artwork.

She said: “Everytime I’m asked where I’m from, people always bring up Netflix’s Narcos or Colombian coffee - which is the best coffee in the world - but there’s so much more to Colombian people.

Existential breakfast. Picture: Sam Harrison
Existential breakfast. Picture: Sam Harrison

“I think that, with this style of art, visual story-telling is really important.

“I hope people enjoy the exhibition and the bright colours spread some positivity.

“Like most artists, I’m a very curious person and I love surrealism. It’s just another way of seeing the world around you.”

Catalina has returned to Pallet Bar after painting the eye-catching artwork on the walls and gate in January and curator Sam Bell is pleased with the new exhibition.

Sam said: “It’s really lovely to put something like this on for the Stowmarket community.

“It’s been amazing to meet people like Catalina through different projects since Fox Yard Studio started.

“When she was painting the mural out front, the town’s reaction was so great - we hope this exhibition will capture the same excitement in the local people.”