I work in mixed media, recycling materials, notably discarded corrugated card packaging and old roof slates. Recently, I have started to make large works using oil paint on canvas.
The discarded card I collect from local outlets, then cut, tear and paint the various pieces. Sometimes I will attempt to remove this fresh oil paint to reveal parts of the text on the card, or I will score and scratch the surface or sand it down to reveal the corrugations beneath. They may remain abstract or sometimes I may collage into the work a printed image such as a Graeco-Roman statue. I am interested in astronomy and may depict suns, moons and constellations or simple geometric shapes such as circles, squares or triangles. I am also interested in leaving traces of human kind such as a hand or a foot print or, occasionally, a common or garden domestic object such as a spoon.
I have further pursued this interest in the use of discarded materials by using old and broken roof slates that have, over the years, been eroded and marked by exposure to the elements as well as by man-made pollutants in the atmosphere. I wash the roof slates clean from years of soot and grime and scratch into the surface with a sharp point, making lines or simple geometric shapes such as circles, squares or triangles; or suns, moons or constellations; or a common or garden domestic object, a spoon, a jar; or a human hand or foot print. Sometimes, they remain abstract.
Likewise with my recent oil paint on canvas work, some are large abstracts using geometric shapes of circles, triangles and squares. In others, I paint realistic images of Graeco-Roman statues; domestic objects such as spoons or fragments of pottery; suns, moons or constellations; or a human hand or foot print.
CV & Education
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2015 - Bath School of Art and Design 2015 - The Link Gallery, University of Winchester 2013 - Grey College, Durham University 2011 - Card and Slate works, Civic Centre, Gateshead 2010 - Slateworks, The Colne Gallery, Colchester Hospital 2009 - Card and Slate works, The Red Box Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 2008 - Witnesses, Frost and Reed Gallery, London SW1 2006 - The Wonderful World of Crystals, St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh 2005 - Cardworks, The Riverside Gallery, Richmond on Thames 2004 - Works on card, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne 2001 - Witnesses, installation, Ely Cathedral 2001 - Witnesses, installation, St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham 2000 - The Mall Galleries, London 2000 - Witnesses, installation, Durham Cathedral 1998 - Collingwood College, Durham University 1998 - Traces, installation, Durham Art Gallery 1994 - Exhibition Hall, Durham Arts Festival 1990 - Washington Arts Centre, Tyne And Wear 1987 - Whitehaven Museum and Art Gallery, Cumbria 1986 - Bury Art Gallery 1986 - Hereford Art Gallery 1986 - Wolverhampton Art Gallery 1985 - Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery 1985 - Chelmsford And Essex Art Gallery 1984 - Buddle Arts Centre, North Tyneside 1983 - Sunderland Arts Centre. GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2016 - The Ark Centre, Basingstoke 2008 - Oriel Davies Gallery, Powys 2008 - Cardworks, Gallerina, Darlington 2007 - Sheridan Russell Gallery, London, W1 2006 - Northcote Gallery, London, SW3 2004 - Selected works, Fi Fie Fo Fum Gallery, Nr Newcastle/Tyne 2003 - The Circle Gallery, Edinburgh 2002 - Queens Hall Arts, Hexham 2002 - The Unicorn Gallery, London SW10 2001 - Paperworks, Bury Art Gallery 1998 - The Music Room, London E1 1996 - Visual Arts'96, Brancepeth Castle, Co. Durham 1994 - Middlesbrough Open , Prizewinner, Middlesbrough 1992 - Richmond Gallery, London, W1 1990 - Washington Arts Centre, Tyne And Wear 1989 - Pacific Gallery, Los Angeles 1988 - Piccadilly Gallery, London, W1 1988 - Pride Gallery, London, W8 1984 - Darlington Arts Centre 1980 - Durham Art Gallery 1978 - Northern Artists Travelling Exhibition. PUBLICATIONS/REFERENCES The Public Catalogue Foundation (Staffordshire), (Greater Manchester), The Art of Bob Barron, pub Alpha Graphics N.E., The Journal Culture Magazine, August 2009, Living North Magazine, Summer 2003,
Baltic Art Gallery Library and Archive, Newcastle/Gateshead 2001, Antique Collecting, Fine Art Edition, October 2000