From Kilkenny, Barbara Dunne has been living in Dublin since 1983. She was awarded a Diploma in Fine Art Printmaking at the Crawford College of Art, Cork in 1981. She is currently a tutor in Fine Art Print at the Senior College, Ballyfermot, Dublin and the National College of Art and Design. She joined the Black Church Print Studio in 1983, where she served on the Board of Directors for 13 years from 1985.
Dunne is both a printmaker (specialising in etching) and a painter. Her work is inspired by a 'vast vista', a place of expanse, a place of discovery, a place of light–a place where light is ever present, never absent. Contained within the light is the wonderment of the silent colours, revealing themselves, transient, transforming, nurturing and bathing all that is within the vista. And so it is and so it continues to reveal a unique incredible beauty of 'strength in simplicity'. 'In the skin of our fingers we can see the trail of the wind, it shows us where the wind blew when our ancestors were created'.
Her work has been exhibited regularly in the Taispeántas Ealaíne An Oireachtas, Dublin; RHA, Independent Artists, Dublin; Impressions, Galway; Original Print Gallery, Dublin; Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, and in the USA and Europe. Dunne was a prize-winner at the Irish/International mini print exhibition at the Hendricks Gallery, Dublin in 1986. Public collections include the Arts Council of Ireland, Office of Public Works, Bank of Nova Scotia, Great Southern Hotels, Air Rianta, AIB, Office of An Taoiseach, and the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny. Publications include Contemporary Print of the World, Kyoto Arts Centre Japan.