Catherine Barron

"I was born in Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow and attended Loretto Convent Wexford and Presentation Convent, Bagenalstown. From 1983 to 1985 I studied Visual Communication at Dun Laoighaire School of Art and Design and following college, I travelled in the U.S.A., U.K. and Canary Islands before settling in Dublin working as a freelance illustrator until 1993. I then took up a post in A.P.S.O. as a lecturer in Applied Art & Design at a Teacher Training College in Zimbabwe.

I started to paint in Zimbabwe and after my 2 year contract, I returned to Dublin in 1995. I have produced many wall hangings and large paintings on commission in the 10 years from 1995 to 2005. I have only really started to develop personal vision and direction for my work since then."

'Life's Funny' is a uniquely personal collection of work which will resonate with anyone who has a draw full of old family snaps we've meaning to go through. Catherine’s painstakingly executed paintings on degraded sheet metal in glossy enamel-like acrylic inks depict photographic images of her family and extended family, the once youthful aunties, the now grown up playmate cousins, the child and tricycle in front of a vaguely remembered front garden and the young versions of her parents squinting into the sun in their best clothes careful not to ruin the moment to be caught on precious kodak film.