Catherine Tirr

“The landscape we see is a combination of chance events, relationships and juxtapositions, constantly in flux. Yet the shadow of what was formerly there can still be traced, just as random boulders deposited along a broad moraine suggest the shape and scope of a glacier that is no longer there.”

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Catherine Tirr was born in England and studied at Chelsea School of Art in London. One of her first group exhibitions was at the Royal Academy of Art, London, in 1979, where she was awarded the Stowells Trophy. By 1980, her work was included in a two-person exhibition at the Austen Hayes Gallery, York, England, followed by a one-person show at the Snir I Djupid Gallery in Reykjavik, Iceland, and at Akureri Gallery, Akureri, Iceland, in that same year.

After relocating to the U.S. on scholarship in 1980, she participated in group shows at the Robert Kidd Gallery, Detroit, the Saginaw Art Museum, and the Fischer Gallery, Detroit, followed by a solo exhibition at the Sixth Street Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan.

By 1983, she was being represented by Anderson O’Day, London, and was again showing work in England. A works-on-paper project, in collaboration with Detroit poet Chris Tysch, culminated in a publication for Station Hill Press entitled “Coat of Arms.”

Her move to New York City was followed by a 1987 group exhibition at The Drawing Center. Both the New York Foundation for the Arts and Materials for the Arts granted her awards in 1991. An on-going involvement in shows in New York City include the “Cadavre Exquis” show at The Drawing Center in 1994, the “Neurotic Art” show at Artist’s Space in the same year, and a two-person show at Asyl Gallery in 1998.

Since her move to Los Angeles, her work has been included in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Armand Hammer Museum and Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco. Her work is represented by Double Vision Gallery, Los Angeles and The Gascoigne Gallery, Leeds, England.