Catherine Barnes

Catherine Barnes studied at Camberwell School of Art & Crafts and Painting and History of Art at Goldsmiths' University of London. She first worked at Kelpra Studio. In 1984 she moved to Winchester where she established Juno Studio and became a visiting lecturer in Art History at University of Southampton and a Visiting Artist and lecturer at Southampton City Art Gallery.  In 2006 she moved to a new studio in Chichester. She was selected to exhibit at the 2011 Florence Biennale.

 “The surface of my paintings develops by addition, sometimes over years, but not for its own sake. For me, the act of placing oil paint on canvas is, amongst other things, a sign of a thought contributing to a whole. The consequential density of paint adds layers of meaning and thus invites engagement.   The ambiguity of the painterly image, because of this layering, results in possibilities of interpretation. This way, the painting has meaning embodied in it, rather than referring to something else, a particular landscape or seascape. The resulting canvas is therefore, a thing added to the world, it does not necessarily have to reflect it.   However, sea and landscape ground us. A perpetual balancing act of viewing infinite space and the obvious plasticity of paint on a flat canvas surface makes the brain dance between two zones. I aim for that duality. If the emotional meaning of the painting is embodied in its execution of form, and I can make these inseparable, I consider it a success.”  
  
Solo Exhibitions:
1994       The Guildhall Gallery, Winchester
1999       Brompton Gallery, Southampton
1999       The Malvern Theatres, Malvern
2004       Karen Taylor Contemporary Art, London
2004       gallery@one0two, Tea Building, Shoreditch, London E1
2005 & 6  Zizi Gallery, Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1
2009       “Musicscapes” for Chichester Festivities at The Joy       Gallery, Chichester
2012       The Arthouse Gallery, Bournemouth:  

Group Exhibitions:
1992–2006 Gallery Artist at Cowleigh Gallery, Malvern
2001-10    Gallery Artist  Karen Taylor Contemporary Art, Twickenham, London
2002       CCA Galleries, Farnham, Surrey and Fulham, West London
2003       Debut and Gallery Artist at gallery@one0two, Tea Building, Shoreditch, E1
2004       Russell Gallery, Putney, London SW15
2005       Byard Art, Cambridge, Summer Exhibition 
2008       Kowalsky Gallery (DACS), London EC2  “Romance”
2011       Store Street Gallery, Bloomsbury, London
2013       Obsidian Art Gallery, Stoke Mandeville  


Competitions and Commissions:
1992       Finalist in the Laing Competition, Mall Galleries, London 1997       "New Perspectives on Autumn" series commissioned for Winchester City
2000       Painting commission from Winchester City for 2001 City Guide
2001       Hampshire County Council added six of her works to their collection
2004       Work published by Ediciones Selina SA, Valencia
2008/10   Cork Street Open Exhibition, London
2012       Commission at Nafsika Hotel, Corfu   
2011       The Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Firenze, Italy