Despite having exhibited for many years across the UK with various galleries, this is the first time Barry will be exhibiting as part of the Oxford Artweeks program. It is also the first time for the village of South Stoke to host an Artweeks event!
The exhibition will be a collection of recent oil on canvas paintings of local landscapes, river scenes and some of his magical seascapes that he is most known for. The work will vary in size from smaller 20x20cm pieces right up to much larger works at 120x100cm. All works are framed and for sale.
In addition to the exhibition, Barry will be painting live and welcomes questions about his work and practice. He is also keen to hold a series of workshops in landscape/seascape painting, so do ensure you show your interest if you would like to be part of one of his events.
As a contemporary seascape and landscape painter, Barry's aim is not to capture, but to celebrate the place he is painting. The way that light plays across the land and sea has always been a huge inspiration for his work.
Barry grew up on the South Devon coast and much of what he paints is inspired by the exciting lines, dramatic shapes and varying textures of the coastline. His goal is to find the same feeling that made him stop and draw or photograph the scene in the first place.
Photography and sketchbooks play a pivotal role in the developmental process of Barry's painting. On visits to new and familiar places he sketches, makes notes (such as tide times, sea state, weather conditions and OS map references) and takes photographs that will later influence a series of works on paper and canvas.
Having moved to rural Oxfordshire, Barry is greatly inspired by the rolling landscape around the Thames river and beyond. His work aims to celebrate this beautiful scenery, whilst reflecting the energy and dynamism of the environment.
Barry is represented four major contemporary art galleries:
Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol,
Brownston Gallery, South Devon,
Cotswolds Contemporary Art.