Catherine Tirr was born in England and studied fine art at Chelsea School of Art and design in London. She was awarded the Stowells Trophy at London’s Royal Academy of Art, in London, and relocated to the U.S. on a scholarship to Cranbrook Art Academy, Michigan.
By 1983 her work had been shown at many Detroit area galleries, including a solo show at The Sixth Street Gallery in Royal Oak in collaboration with Detroit poet Chris Tysh. This collaboration culminated in a publication entitled “Coat of Arms”, by Station Hill Press.
Her move to New York City was followed by two shows at The Drawing Center in SoHo. She was granted awards by The New York Foundation of The Arts and Materials For The Arts in 1991. Since her move to Los Angeles, her work has been included in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Armand Hammer Museum.
She has exhibited her work in England, Iceland, Japan and the United States.