In recent years, Catherine Barron has painted on salvaged metal plates, 12-inch Bakelite records, old book covers and vintage photographs, incorporating elements of the surface support into the finished paintings. The work charts the artist's own, very personal story. The imagery is on the one hand situational - with a series of studio-based self-portraits and work drawing on an archive of family photos dating back to the 1950s - and on the other allegorical, as the artist leads us on a confessional and intensely emotional journey through her life.
For Barron, stories are fluid, with no definitive beginning, middle or end - rather they hang within the scaffolding of our existence. "When we want to say something, we pick out and articulate specific details to communicate an experience or a particular meaning. The stories we tell can relay something that has happened, something that is happening, but also something we imagine or hope for. How we tell the story also conveys how we feel about it, how we understand it."
Born in Co. Carlow, Catherine Barron studied at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She has won numerous awards, most recently The De Vere's Art Award at the RHA Annual Show in 2015, the same year her work was selected for the Zurich Portrait Prize Exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland. Her work can be found in many private and public collections including: Bank of Ireland, Glanbia, St James's Hospital, Carlow Institute of Technology, the EPA, John De Vere, the Haverty Trust and the Department of Education.