The work of Catherine Farish has been described as emotionally sophisticated and provocative. Her large mixed media works on paper form lyrical abstractions which are both sensitive and innovative. Her intuitive approach is guided by a dialogue with the materials and a sensitivity to the physical characteristics of each technique.
Farish received a diploma from the Montreal Museum School of Fine Arts and her BFA from Concordia University. She went on to study with a master printer in the French tradition of printmaking. She has spent the last twenty-five years experimenting and developing her own techniques. Catherine Farish has shown extensively in Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Asia with over forty solo exhibitions and her work can be seen in many collections.
Awards include the Grand Prize for Printmaking in Québec, the Acquisition Award from the City of Montreal, the Material Award in the Boston Printmakers Exhibition and several grants, including a residency at the International Art Festival in Asilah Morocco. In 2008 she was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. In 2010 she was awarded a grant from the Quebec Council of Arts and Letters as well as a residency fellowship at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland. In 2013 Farish was selected for two public works projects under the Intergration of Art and Architecture Program for the Quebec Government.
Farish is a founding member of Atelier Circulaire, an artist-run printmaking facility. She presently lives and works just outside Montreal.