An art exhibition as part of Biennial Independents. Abstract Paintings by Barrie West
By identifying and isolating incidents in our past, we can go a long way to explain the thoughts, feelings and actions of the present. This series of pictures is a diary where the incidental and the traumatic jostle for attention in the eyes of a child or in the memory of an adult.
The work, for the most part, is abstract. It encourages some kind of interpretation from the viewer. But as you look closely for the meaning, become aware that others are looking back at you. Gradually many of the pictures begin to populate themselves and a narrative is revealed, and like a distant memory the story becomes more and more into focus.
Admission to the Cathedral and exhibition is FREE.
Car Parking is pay on exit.
About the artist
Barrie West was born in Guildford, Surrey, in 1944 and then moved to Torquay in the same year, where he spent most of his childhood and adolescence. He trained as a teacher of art at the City of Leeds College of Education (1964 - 1967) and then moved to the North-East where he accepted the post of Head of Art at Cleadon Park Secondary (Comprehensive) School in South Shields. He continued his studies and professional development at Sunderland Polytechnic (1983 - 1988) where he studied for his B.A.(Hons)Fine Art. Later he continued his studies at the University of Sunderland on the Post-Graduate course in Art in Context (1992 - 1994). Whilst studying for his Bachelor of Education degree, also at Sunderland Polytechnic, West developed a deep interest in developmental psychology and Guidance and Counselling. This was going to prove a major influence on the development of his art and his fascination with memory.
West has exhibited widely in England and Europe, including venues in France, Belgium and Germany. His work can be seen in many private and public collections including; Marie Curie Cancer Care, Newcastle, the Alzheimers Society, Sunderland, Palmers Hospital, and St Clares Hospice, Jarrow.