The Molesworth Gallery
 

Catherine Barron

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Moon flower, acrylic ink on bakelite record, 12 inches in diameter

 

Barrron

In time, acrylic ink on board, 12 x 12 inches

 

Barron

On the other hand, acrylic ink on bakelite record, 12 inches in diameter

 

Barron

Soft day, thank god, acrylic ink on board, 12 x 12 inches

 

Barron

Fall, acrylic ink on bakelite record, 12 inches in diameter

 

Barron

Out, acrylic ink on board, 12 x 12 inches

 

Barron

Circus tent, acrylic ink on bakelite record, 12 inches in diameter

 

Barron

The saddest clown, acrylic ink on board, 12 x 12 inches

 

 

Barron

Big strong bunnies, acrylic ink on board, 12 x 12 inches

 

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Recent works

June 12th - July 24th, 2015

___A fully-illustrated book, Lone Play, is being published by the gallery to coincide with the exhibition. The book comes in an edition of 250, each signed and numbered by the artist. Contact the gallery for more information.


___In recent years, Catherine Barron has painted on salvaged metal plates, old book covers and vintage photographs, incorporating elements of the surface support into the finished paintings. She continues in a similar vein with this latest series of works, painting on 12-inch bakelite records, as well as more traditional wooden boards.

___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 on the other allegorical, as the artist leads us on a confessional and intensely emotional journey through her adult 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.”

___The book and the text ‘Lone Play’, which accompany the exhibition, marry the visual imagery with the written word and offer a broader context for the work. Copies of the book are available from the gallery.

___Born in Co. Carlow, Catherine Barron studied at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Tecnology. She has won numerous awards, most recently The De Vere’s Art Award at the RHA Annual Show, 2015. 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.

 

Click here to read a review of the exhibition in 'The Irish Times'.

 

Selected Exhibitions
2007 - 2015 - RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2014 - Life’s funny, Solo exhibition, Panter & Hall Gallery, London
2013 - It’s hard to tell, Solo exhibition, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
2011 - We were here, Solo exhibition, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
2013 -  Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2010 - Kinsale Arts Week, Cork, Invited Artist
Joint exhibition with Eithne Jordan and John Doherty
2009 - Kilkenny Arts Festival, Group Show
May 2007 - Wexford Opera Festival, Group Show
2005 - Solomon Gallery, Dublin, Winter Group Show

 

 

___An illustrated catalogue of Catherine's 2013 exhibition at The Molesworth with an introductory essay by Gemma Tipton is also available from the gallery (ISBN 978-0-9557742-7-0). Read the introductory essay here.

 

Review by The Independent

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