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Catherine Owens is an Irish artist living and working in New York City. Her work is largely installation based, originating from ideas that evolve through drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, sound, LED and 3D technology and Virtual Reality.


Using the technical and production knowledge gained while collaborating on large scale global projects over the last 20 years, Owens has incorporated this information into her current work, creating a series of LED based light works that seamlessly bring technology and mark making together.

In June 2018 Owens showed a new body of Light Paintings at Oliver Sears Gallery in Dublin, Ireland.


From November 2017 to January 2018 she exhibited a series of LED light based Triptych Paintings and a 360° soundscape at Kustera Projects in Red Hook, Brooklyn.


Owens has exhibited works at Feldman Gallery, New York, Morris Healy Gallery, New York, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan, the Kerlin Gallery and the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin Ireland.


As well as her own solo art practice Owens is known for her collaborative work with the band U2. As creative director of screen imagery for animation, film and video, she created their visual content for five world tours from 1992 – 2010


She directed and was a producer on the first digital 3D film (U23D) made for IMAX theatrical release in 2008. Shot in South America, its creation spearheaded a series of major technological breakthroughs in 3D filmmaking.


The New York Times hailed it as “The first IMAX movie that deserves to be called a work of art.”


Other collaborative projects include directing visual content and animation for the San Francisco based group Kronos Quartet and for the Chinese Pipa player Wu Man, whose Carnegie Hall debut featured an intricate 20-minute animated series of watercolour,  washed paintings.


Owens has attended four Lincoln Center Director's Labs in New York as a guest artist and was a keynote speaker at SIGGRAPH in 2008, where she spoke about working in 3D under the title; Giving Technology Emotion: From the Artist's Mind to "U23D"


In April 2010 she traveled to India to make a 3D documentary about Kumbh Mela, the largest spiritual gathering in the world that takes place once every 12 years.


And in 2012 she shot her third 3D film project, a documentary on the Irish Dancer Colin Dunne - It was broadcast on the BSkyB 3D and the Sky Arts network in November 2012. The Theatrical version was launched at the Jameson Dublin Film Festival in February 2013.


In 2014 she launched "Field Prints" a set of Intaglio prints representing impressions of the vistas found close to her studio in the Blackwater Valley, Co. Waterford, Ireland.


Her recent body of work expands upon the use of LED Lighting technology, merging it with drawing, painting and sculpture.


A large-scale set of her LED Drawings are installed in the lobby of the renovated Capitol Theater in Port Chester New York.


Owens has spoken widely about the interaction between Art and Technology, speaking on this subject in 2018 at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, Ireland, in 2017 at INSPIREFEST, Dublin Ireland, at ‘The Art Of VR” Sotheby’s, New York and in 2016 at  ‘VR On The Lot’ at Paramount Pictures, Los Angeles.









Born in Dublin Ireland. Lives and works in New York City



1979/82   BA Honors degree in Fine Art Painting

                Belfast College of Art and design, Northern Ireland 1978/79  Foundation

                Dun Laoghaire School Of Art  (IADT) Dublin Ireland


Solo exhibitions

2018        6am - Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin Ireland

2017/18   SLIVER - Kustera Projects, Red Hook, Brooklyn


Solo exhibitions (early/relevant)

2002        He Left Quielty - Helix Center, Dublin Ireland

1999        IN - Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art,

                Dublin Ireland

1998        Self-Address Triskel Arts Center, Cork Ireland

1994        Balls - Project Arts Center, Dublin Ireland

1988        Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Ireland


Group Exhibitions/Fair

2015        New York IFPDA Print fair Park Ave Armory, New York

2015        Multiplied Print Fair Christies, UK

2015        Original Print Fair Royal Academy, UK

2015        Fine Print Fair Portland, USA

2015        Fine Print Fair San Francisco, USA

2014        Ink Miami Art Fair, USA

2012        Eureka! Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin Ireland

2012        Dubh - Dialogues in Black, Oliver Sears Gallery,      

                Dublin Ireland                      

2011        Dubh - Dialogues in Black American Irish Historical

                Society, New York USA       

2010        Dieu Donne, Drawing show, New York

2008        Dieu Donne, Drawing show, New York


Group Exhibitions (early/relevant)

2001        Environmentally Concerned (2) Bronx River Arts   

                Center, New York

2000        Environmentally Concerned, Nathan Cummings  

                Foundation, New York

1999        Weaving The World, Yokohama Museum Of Modern 

                Art, Yokohama, Japan     

1998        Gramercy Park International Contemporary Art  

                Exhibition, Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York

1996        L’Imaginaire Irelandais, Le Confort Moderne Gallery,

                Poitiers, France

                Incestuous, Thread Waxing Space, New York  

                The New Museum for Contemporary Art, New 


                Group Show, White Columns, New York

1995        Wish You Were Here, Little John Contemporary

                Gallery, New York

                Morris Healy Gallery, New York

                White Columns, New York

1993        UNTITLED (14) Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York

                Markets Of Resistance, White Columns, New York

                Fields Of Vision Trout Gallery, Dickinson College,   

                Carlisle, PA

                Sites Of Intolerance, MoMA PS1, Long Island City

1992        The Curio Shop, Thread Waxing Space, New York

1990        CHINA June 4, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New




2018        LED Paintings, Installation, New York

2014        LED Paintings (private) Ireland/USA

2012        LED Drawings ‘CORE’  

                Permanent Installation commission for 3 large scale  

                LED drawings for the lobby of the Capitol Theatre 

                Port Chester, New York.



Film/Video Content/Collaboration

2012        Colin Dunne – Sculpting Space

                Director/producer, 3D film Documentary, SKY TV, UK

2010        Kumbh Mela, Director/producer, 3D film

/11           Documentary (in post production) largest Spiritual   

                Gathering in the world, India


                U2, five world tours, Zoo TV, PopMart, Elevation

                Vertigo, U2 360, Director/producer for video and

                film screen content


                Lincoln Centre Theatre, Directors Lab

                Invited as a multi disciplinary artist, New York

2008        U23D film, Director/producer

                The first live action 3D award winning film to be made   

                in Hollywood, premiered at Cannes and Sundance film


2008        U2 video, Original Of The Species, Director/producer,  

                (Nominated for two VH1 Music video awards)

2005        Wu Man, Pipa Player, Director/producer, 20-minute    

                video animation for screen, Carnegie Hall, New York

2004        Kronos Quartet, Director/producer of video content

                for Kronos Quartet's 3Oth anniversary ‘Visual Music’

                Barbican Centre UK, Carnegie Hall New York

2002        U2, Super Bowl Halftime, Director screen imagery        

                9/11 tribute, broadcast on all major TV net works


Public Speaking

2018        U2 Conference, Belfast Ireland

                (Popmart tour 1998. Where LED screen technology began)

2017        Inspirefest, Annual female driven technology   

                conference, Dublin, Ireland

2017        The Art Of VR Sotheby’s VR conference, Sotheby’s,  

                New York

2014        CES (consumer electronics show Las Vegas) 3D

                technology, Nevada

2013        Lodz 3D Film Festival, ‘Art and

                technology in 3D’ Poland

2013        Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D conference,


2012        Lewis Glucksman Gallery 'Seeing' combining art

                and technology, University College Cork, Ireland

2011        Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D conference,

                Keynote Speaker, Canada

2010        Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

                'Getting Perspective III - Exploring the

                Craft of 3D Movie Technology,' Los Angeles

2010        International 3D Society, Directing for 3D, Sony   

                Pictures, Los Angeles

2008        Siggraph technology conference, keynote speaker 

                Giving Technology Emotion: From the Artist's Mind to      




2016        Artist in residence, PRG lighting technology, Belgium

2015        Artist in residence, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co   

                Monaghan Ireland

1999        Artist in residence, Sirius Project, Cobh Yacht Club,    

                Cobh Co. Cork Ireland

1998        Artist in residence, Sirius Project, Cobh Yacht Club,   

                Cobh Co. Cork Ireland

                Co. Cork Ireland

1996        Artist in residence, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co   

                Monaghan Ireland

1993        Artist in residence, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co   

                Monaghan Ireland

1992        Artist in residence, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co   

                Monaghan Ireland



2018        RTE Irish Radio, Mystery Train, arts and music show)

2018        RTE Irish Radio, Culture File, arts show

2018        The Irish Times, The Gloss, Artistic License

2012        Dubh - Dialogues in Black, Irish Examiner, Ireland

2012        Dubh - Dialogues in Black, The Works, RTE television,


2008        U23D, Sundance film Festival and Dublin film festival,   

                Global reviews, including NY Times, USA Today,

                Washington Post, Guardian, Irish times

2008        Art Fourm, U23D 'cross over appeal'

2007        U23D Cannes, Global reviews, all media

2004        DIALOGUES: Woman Artists From Ireland By Katy  

                Deepwell. A book covering in-depth conversations with

                13 female Irish artists living in Ireland and abroad

2003        Modern Painters Magazine, review of work for

                Kronos Quartet show, Barbican Centre UK

2001        New York Times, review, visual content made for U2's

                Elevation World Tour.

1999        Asian Times Japan, Review, Weaving The World

                exhibition at Yokohama Museum

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