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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 work explores the space between abstraction and figuration.  Marks are instinctive and intuitive, each piece having its own palette and story, evolving and forming over time.  References to the world around her can be pared down so as to be only glimpsed or sometimes obliterated completely, yet often retaining a narrative element.  Paints are often accompanied by various other media such as wax, charcoal, chalk or fused inks. 

 

The visual, psychological and emotional world provide motivation and inspiration to make marks.

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 Egypt.  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.

“The compulsion to create is not something I can choose to turn on and off.  It is innate and constant.  It is what has sustained me through life and is the thing that allows me to express myself when words and deeds cannot.  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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