Light, energy, warmth and movement all play an integral part in Barbara’s sculpture”
The essence of Barbara’s sculpture relates to ideas that are important to her, including personal development, openness and communication.
These themes are reflected in the large-scale outdoorpieces, showing figures in ‘outline form’ trying to become complete by communicating with each other. Another element is the dependency of family and friends upon each other, as shown by various figurative pieces. It was Lorenzo Quinn who said that it is onlyfrom age fifty onwards that these things can be really understood!
Barabara was born in Llanelli, South Wales where she spent her early childhood. She subsequently moved to Liverpool where she married, had two children and now lives in Bowdon, Cheshire.
Soon after enrolling at a local college to study ceramics, Barbara won her first scholarship. She was immediately drawn to three-dimensional form, quickly moving to bronze, and feeling that her personal journey had now begun in earnest.
Barbara’s passionate belief in all her work is that “it is the message that counts”, and she strives to give each piece its own voice, and indeed find its own listener. Her travels to Barcelona to study Tapies and Subarach have all played a special part in her development, strongly led by ideas and emotional resonance.
She counts Gerhard Richter as an important influence in his view that “things are not always as they seem”, hence Barbara’s initial interest in abstraction through her painting. Dame Elizabeth Frink, Nicola Hicks and Lynn Chadwick have also been hugely influential. Further studies at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, New York, Venice and the Bauhaus in Berlin have been highly inspirational in finding her own individual means of expression.
Light, energy, warmth and movement all play an integral part in Barbara’s sculpture and these are constant themes throughout the collection. Her sculpture reflects a wide range of feelings and always aims to create an unspoken dialogue. Barbara’s dedication to each individual piece of work truly represents a significant part of that important conversation.
The moment we first set eyes on Barbara’s extraordinary body of work we knew we had found a very special artist.
Not only are her sculptures beautifully conceived and executed, but they have the ability to move the viewer as only truly great works of art can.