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about rebecca barnard

Somerset based artist, Rebecca Barnard, was born in 1961 and has roots in agriculture and arable farming.

Rebecca’s has a deep fascination with human behaviour, our relationships with each other and ourselves, and this in turn intercepts with our connectedness to nature and how we approach the many problems we have brought upon our own heads. 


"Our past bubbles up to the surface, offering us our own histories, looking straight at us and gifting us learning.  But are we locked into self destruction?  In time, we will bubble up for future generations.  What role models will we offer them and will they be listening?"

Rebecca's background is in painting, but her recent work also incorporates construction, installation, sound and film.  She is interested in materiality and process.  The work is labour intensive and many of the items used in construction are those which are past their useful life, recycled, a product of human waste.

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Rebecca exhibits throughout the UK and her work is now in private collections both at home and internationally, including USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Austria.  She has been selected for many prestigious exhibitions including the Royal Academy, Royal West of England Academy, The Society of Women Artists and various exhibitions at the Mall Galleries.  She is presently completing her MA at Falmouth School of Art.

“The compulsion to make is not something I can choose to turn on and off.  It is innate and constant.   Forming an idea, seeing light fall on an object – all manner of curiosities, is like hearing a siren call to recreate my world using paint and the materials around me. To me, that call is thrilling and when combined with the instinct to make; the whole is irresistible.”

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