My images invite viewers to share boundless pictorial spaces inspired by nature and humanity. The compositions draw emotions and feelings alongside themes of birth/death, creation/destruction, regeneration and constantly changing structures such as fire and the universe. My work is heavily influenced by the effects of light, from a cosmic Big-Bang to the glow of a desert city in the last throes of a scorching sunset. Communicating through suggestive rather than representational pictures with colour as the central force of the creative process and charging my work with symbolic meaning I attempt to give the paintings a physical presence that is both abstract and referential. The works are completed solely in oils using a variety of techniques and implements. Barry Spence has work in contemporary collections throughout the UK and worldwide and has worked worked on many successful projects with interior designers around the UK.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1987 - HND in Scientific & Technical Illustration passed with Merit, Blackpool and Fylde Art College, Palatine Road, Blackpool
2012 - Combustion, The Art Gallery, Spencer House, 34 Long St, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8AQ
2010 - Nature & Humanity, Keighley Arts Factory, Keighley, Yorkshire. UK
2009 - Solo Exhibition, Mooch Art Gallery, Oldham St. Manchester
2009 - UK and Europe Tour of Contemporary Office Spaces, Little Van Gogh, Basingstoke: Valeant Pharmaceuticals
2008 - Solo Exhibition, Samlesbury Hall, Preston PR5 0UP
2008 - UK & European Tour of Contemporary Offices , Little Van Gogh , UK:London: Grant Thornton, Thomson Scientific, Siemens,
2007 - Nature & Humanity, PAD Gallery, 52 Church St. Preston, Lancs.
2006 - Art & Architecture Exhibition, Hot Art Gallery, 2 Minshull St. Knutsford, Cheshire
2006 - Combustion, The Hot Art Gallery, 2 minshull street knutsford cheshire WA16 6HG
2006 - Solo Exhibition, The Met, Market Street, Bury, Lancs BL9 0BW
2012 - Selected Artists Exhibition, The Art Gallery, Spencer House, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
2011 - Art & Science, Artisan Art Gallery, Chorley New Road, Bolton, Lancs.
2011 - Bury Art Week, Bury Art Gallery, Moss St. Bury, Lancs.
2011 - Summer Exhibition, Calder Art Gallery, 20 Market St, Hebden Bridge, W. Yorks.
2010 - Art & Science, Artisan Art Gallery, Bolton, Greater Manchester. UK
2008 - Group Exhibition, Calder Gallery, 20 Market Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.HX7 6AA
2007 - Affordable Art Fair, The Passenger Shed, British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Temple Meads, Bristol
2007 - Exhibition, IceTwice Gallery, 23-25 High Street South, Olney, Bucks. MK46 4AA.
2007 - Liberte D'Expression Exhibition, Light Gallery, 5A Porchester Place, Marble Arch, London W2 2BS
2006 - Art Manchester 2006, Palace Hotel, Oxford Road, Central Manchester
2006 - Gateway to the Quarter Christmas Art Exhibition, Finkle Street, York
2006 - Gateway to the Quarter Project, Finkle Street, York
2006 - Inner City Living 2006, Market Street, Preston, Lancashire
2006 - Open Exhibition, Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire
2006 - Opening Spring Exhibition, The Brownston Gallery, 36 Church Street, Modbury, Devon
2005 - Inner City Living Exhibition, The Old Bank, Church Street, Preston
2005 - 'Light Through My Window' Exhibition, Access Space, Sheffield
2005 - Manchester Art Show, MICC/G-Mex, Manchester
2005 - re:work Artwork, The Met, Bury
2005 - Selected Manchester Art Show Artists, Selfridges, Manchester
2005 - Selfridges Exhibition, Selfridges, Manchester
2006 - Art workshops with drug users, STASH Inclusion, Gloucester Street, Pendleton, Salford
2012 - Interior Fine Art Projects including paintings, murals and gilding, Private residencies, businesses and hotels, UK
2011 - Gilded mirrors, beds and furniture and artwork, Private residencies, Lancashire & Cheshire
2011 - Interior Fine art Projects, Stuart Fox Ltd, UK wide private residencies, hotels and businesses
2010 - Interior Fine Art Projects with Stuart Fox Ltd. in Hale Barns, Hale and Knutsford. , Private residences, Cheshire
2009 - Interior Fine Art Projects for Stuart Fox Ltd. in Hale, Prestbury and Alderley Edge, Private Residencies, Cheshire
2008 - Interior Fine Art Project with Stuart Fox Fine Art, Chadswell House, Chaigley, Clitheroe
2008 - Interior Fine Art Project with Stuart Fox Fine Art, Private Clients , Alderley Edge and Prestbury, Cheshire
2007 - Large scale Interior Fine Art Project with Stuart Fox Fine Art, Beetham Tower apartment, Deansgate, Manchester
2010 - Illustration work for 2ergo website and Powerpoint presentation, Fudge Studios, Bolton. Lancashire
2010 - Visualisation and Design of Stage Set for Chubby Brown DVD , for Lion Eyes TV, Manchester
2008 - Freelance Illustrations for corporate websites, Fudge Studios, Bolton, Lancashire
2005 - 'Enhancing the Healing Environment' Regeneration Project as Arts Co-ordinator, Preston Substance Misuse Network, Bickerstaffe House, Preston
2006 - Freelance Design and Colour Work, Graham & Brown Interiors, Blackburn