BARBARA BURNS

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Barbara Burns

The glazed foreshore and silhouetted log,
That rock where breakers shredded into rags,
The leggy birds stilted on their own legs,
Islands riding themselves out into the fog

And drive back home, still with nothing to say
Except that now you will encode landscapes
By this: things found clean on their own shapes,
Water and ground in their extremity.

From Seamus Heaney
The Peninsula

Statement

Whether walking the coast line or countryside I absorb my surroundings obsessively, constantly exploring the relationship between land and sea, from rocky craggy cliffs to soft velvet green rolling landscapes. Sometimes sketching, sometimes just observing.

In my studio paintings take place with an intuitive response to what memory allows. I always paint in oils with glazes that allow me to build the painting over several months, the composition coming together in a process that evolves; selecting and eliminating forms and texture, until the final image presents itself.

From 1976 to 1979 I studied an Art Foundation Diploma in Buckinghamshire. Following that I went on to travel and to raise a family, moving to Brighton in 1990.

In 1991 I took a second Foundation at Brighton and then went to Brighton University where I gained a B.A. in Fine Art.



C.V. (abridged)

2016 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London with David Stacey Art
  Kellie Miller Gallery, Market Street, Brighton
2015 Various projects with Frickleton Fine Art, including showing at DMH Stallard, New Fetter Lane, London
  Brighton Art Fair with David Stacey Art
2014 Kellie Miller Gallery, Market Street, Brighton
  Brighton Art Fair
2013 "Poetics of Space", a gallery show in London E2 during Frieze week
  Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm with Four Square Arts, Lewes
  Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London with Four Square Arts, Lewes
  Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London with Four Square Arts, Lewes
  London Art Fair, Islington, London with Four Square Arts, Lewes
2012 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2011 Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead Heath, London
  Brighton Art Fair
  Spring Show, Jointure Studios
  Sussex Open, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
  Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2010 Brighton Art Fair
  Lewes Artwave
  Spring Show, Jointure Studios
  Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
  Sussex Open, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
  London Art Fair, Islington Business Design Centre, London
  Brighton Art Fair
  Lewes Artwave
  Brighton Festival, Jointure Studios
  Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2008 Brighton Festival, Jointure Studios
  Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

My work has been sold widely in private collections in Britain, France, Ireland and Australia. In recent years I have had work shown at Cornwall Contemporary in Penzance, Quod and White Galleries in Brighton and Grapevine Gallery in Norwich.

I have sold successfully for many years with Shirley Crowther Contemporary Art.