Cathy Bacon – Launch- Saturday 1st October 6pm- Learning to Swim by Drowning
Kenmare Butter Market prides itself on supporting the work of emerging artists. Learning to Swim by Drowning is the first solo show for Cathy Bacon. Based on the Beara peninsula Cathy has produced a body of work which will surprise and delight audiences.
This exhibition will launch on October 1st at 6pm and run until 21st of the month.
Cathy Bacon came to Beara twenty years ago to raise her family. She began painting in 2016. Her work has been evolving ever since. Her paintings are inspired both by the personal and the universal, and range in theme from recognisably domestic scenes of children and animals to more abstracted landscapes. Bacon’s process is intuitive; it is her gut-brain response to the primal nature of being human. The images are nebulous and mysterious, with a dream-like or barely-there quality that reflects a certain uncertainty in existence. The colours are subtle and the style is stripped-back; the pictures are like visual echoes, reminders of cave paintings; images emerging from the shadows. Old childhood photographs and captured physical moments are translated into enduring memories: swimming the Bull Rock; her children with the horses; an encounter with a stag in the forest. Alchemically changing through paint the physicality of life into a form of understanding the human spirit.
Cathy Bacon analyses life in colour on canvas.
2020 Masters MA:AP, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork
2016 BA, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork
1994 HND, Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, UK
2021 Crawford College of Art and design MUT Purchase Price
2020 RDS Graduate Shortlist for Taylor Awards
2018 Marine Institute of Ireland. Selected Irish artist for Blue Fish commission
2016 Joan Clancy Gallery Award of inclusion in Summer exhibition
2022 West Cork Artist Summer Exhibition, Bantry with Catherine Hammond Fine Arts
2020 Sarah Walker Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition
2019 MA:AP Group Show, Cork
2018 Sarah Walker Gallery Paper Show
2019 Cill Riallig, Ballinskelligs, Kerry