Home educated to age 18; from there, took up painting full time, under guidance from artists and art professionals. Initially had interest in historical techniques in oil painting, and how these facilitated communication between artist and viewer. At a later stage studied printmaking, in Limerick Printmakers and Graphic Studio Dublin, exploring the relationships between etching, drawing and painting, the important place print has had in contemporary art and throughout its history, as well as its place in own body of work.
Work is included in collections such as OPW, Irish Georgian Society and Irish National Botanical Gardens.
“Infusions” Graphic Studio Gallery, September 2017
“Overworlds” New Paintings by Ailbhe Barrett & Joan Sugrue, Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery, March 2014
Selected group exhibitions:
“The Masters” Bankside Gallery, London, November 2016
“Urbis Felicitas” Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin September 2016
“Young ii” SO Gallery, Dublin; March 2016
RHA Annual exhibition 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
“Synergy” Bourne Vincent Gallery University of Limerick, February 2014
“12 @ the Hunt”, Hunt Museum, Limerick, May 2014
“The Act of Portrayal” (selected artists response to the National Self Portrait collection in University of Limerick) 2013
“A Natural Selection” Graphic Studio Dublin 2013
Belfast Print exchange, 2012
Limerick Printmakers Winter Show 2009- 2012
“Art Below”, London Underground 2012
Curated “Artists Rooms”, (Michael Canning and Gillian Kenny) Limerick City Gallery of Art December 2014, as part of Limerick City of Culture.
Project managed “Synergy”, Bourne Vincent Gallery, University of Limerick – group exhibition for Limerick City of Culture, February 2014