Catherine Ryan studied glass design at the National College of Art and Design. She has experimented with various art forms such as comic illustration and street theatre. Her work became focused on painting and she has been exhibiting since 2008. 


Catherine is concerned with urban life; the many different layers and energies that overlap to make a coherent whole. Some are a cathartic response to Ireland’s boom and bust years. She has an ongoing series, ‘Living In Boxes’ which refers to the recent phenomenon of apartment - dwelling in Ireland. 

Other works are from personal experience, wishing to express what it means to be alive in this time and place; identity in a state of flux. 


The attaching of objects to the canvas was a natural evolution; fusing her love of sculpture, painting, street art, and pop culture, believing all art forms to be relevant and inter-connected. All works consist of ‘found objects’ and acrylic paint. Using materials that would otherwise be considered waste, raises issues of the environment and consumption, a concept she has incorporated in several workshops.


Her work has been shown in selected group exhibitions including the RHA annual exhibition, Rua Red Arts Centre, The Mill Theatre, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, county Offaly, in Clifden, county Galway as well as many venues around Dublin city. Her work is held in many collections, at home and abroad.