Elaine Biondi gallery space

Animals & Angels

By Catriona Kirk

This August, Gallery Space in the Monroeville Public Library is featuring Animals and Angels, by Catriona Kirk. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours from August 3 - 31, 2019. All are welcome!


Catriona says of her work, “This collection of work spans almost all of my adult life.  My medium of choice is acrylic paints, and I use drawing pens to create a more “illustrated” style.  I mostly paint on traditional canvases, but I have started experimenting with different surfaces, such as wood and tile, to get different effects and textures.


My influences include surrealist artists like Magritte and Dali or painters in the Art Nouveau style like Alphonse Mucha.  I also admire the style of illustrators such as Maxfield Parrish and Chris Van Allsburg. I have traveled to many countries and found beauty everywhere that I have tried to incorporate into my art: from statues of Ganesh in Calcutta to the Abbey of Mont St Michel in France.  Other cultures fascinate me, and I enjoy integrating mythological and mystical elements into my work.  Some of those elements are borrowed and some of them are original – most are a mixture of the two.  Recently, I have found my inspiration closer to home in my daughters - in their strength and in my feelings of love and protectiveness towards them. The subject matter of my work ranges from everyday snapshots of life to the fantastical, but I hope that in every painting you can see a story.”


Catriona Kirk, née Jones, has been drawing and painting for as long as she remembers.  Her little sister was her first model, and her family has always supported her, even in her teenage years when her art was pretty weird.  Her artistry runs in the family, as her father draws and her grandmother also painted. She is largely self-taught, though she has taken a few courses including one at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.  Catriona has been inspired by her travels to many countries including India and France, and by the many people and animals she has met.  She is currently working on two children’s books.


Monroeville Public Library hours are Monday - Thursday 9AM-9PM, Friday & Saturday 9AM-5PM, Sunday Closed. The Library is located on Gateway Campus Boulevard across from Gateway Senior High School and Cleveland Stewart Elementary School.


Come to the gallery for this visual feast and support the Arts! Some pieces are for sale with a portion of each sale supporting Library programs.