I work as a fine art painter based in the north west of the United Kingdom in the coastal town of Southport.

My paintings are non-figurative but laden with representational sources and references related to memories of locations and events. Such memories are of being in places and memories of experiences. I am inspired by the light, shadow, colours and textures of landscape and in particular coastal horizons, waters and skies. Living on the coast I take the opportunity to take daily walks throughout the year along the coastline landscape.  Walking through a wild, familiar landscape at different times of the day or year – in brilliant summer sunlight, or on a dark grey afternoon you don’t always take the same route, you come upon familiar things from a different angle, you see them in a new setting. In such an unmanicured environment the seasonal changes are indeed very dramatic. Painting for me, is like taking a walk, you never know quite which way you’re going to go or what you’ll find yourself focusing on. I regularly visit other landscapes in Cumbria, North Devon and North Wales. These locations all have similiar visual elements ie: land, water, sea and skies. I also gain inspiration from literature and music which enriches  my understanding of gesture and expression. Colour is a vital visual ingredient in my work. It’s difficult to talk about colour as an “idea” in a rational way, yet nothing can compare with its infinite possibilities and the multiplicity of its possible meanings. A smudge, a smear, a stroke of colour can be any number of things depending on shape, transparency, density, scale and context etc. The setting for the more abstract paintings lies in a vocabulary of motifs, symbols, gestures and signals.  They are glancing episodes set in illusionistic spaces. There is nothing clever here. There is nothing clever about painting. I just like the “feel of painting”. All my paintings are built in layers, each subsequent layer adding to a series of cancellations which partially veil and cover the applications of colour, and spark improvisations. The paintings I make are there to be experienced, they are in themselves events expressed through the gestures and physical act of painting. They are responses to what is seen and heard and they will be perceived by the onlooker's feelings, background and temperament.

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The 'gallery' tab will open up several themed galleries which contextualise the paintings.  In the galleries you will see examples of work produced between 2000 to present day.

I am an associate of Cross Street Arts @

Cross Street Arts, 

114-116 The Standish Centre
Cross Street, 

Standish,

Wigan,

Lancashire,

United Kingdom
WN6 0HQ 

http://crossstreetarts.com

 

If you have an interest in any of the artworks please feel invited to contact me through my e-mail address: frankbarnesartist@gmail.com

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Most recent work...
"By The Light Of The Silvery Moon "

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