© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Bassetlaw District Council
Painter and decorative artist, born in London. She studied at Slade School of Fine Art, 1919–22, then travelled widely on the continent. Had first solo exhibition at Paterson Gallery in 1930, to which Augustus John contributed. Her work at its best had some of the juicy, painterly qualities found in that of John, who painted Kirk’s portrait. Kirk went on to show at Leicester, Lefevre Galleries and elsewhere and in the mid-1940s decorated the Catholic church in Newtown, Wales. About a decade later she went to live in Italy and gave up painting. Tate Gallery and Arts Council hold her work.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)