Alastair Barnes, artist and sculptor, announces Celebration of Life series
Sculptor Barnes Launches: A Celebration of Life Through Forms and Colors
Miami, Fla., April 7, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Alastair Barnes is one of a handful of visual artists based in both North America and South Africa whose works are so striking in the one-dimensional realm of canvas. only in the rounded form of sculpture. A prolific artist since his early youth, Barnes dabbled in a variety of genres including pop art, abstract expressionist works as well as more naturalistic and figurative works. He is also recognized as an acclaimed portrait painter and sculptor who has just announced that he will launch his Celebartion of Life Through Shapes and Colors series next month.
With all the rage in the art world focusing on NFT’s Alastair Barnes sticks to his roots and his works have found their way into some of the most prestigious art exhibitions around the world. In addition, he has organized several solo exhibitions in some of the largest galleries in the country in New York, Austin, Texas, Miami, Florida and Los Angeles, California.
The launched series was inspired by Barnes’ experiences that crossed many genres during his long years as an active visual artist, he really comes to life in portraits and in painting and sculpting objects. , objects and living creatures of nature. For example, much of his cast bronze sculptures consist of figures of many varieties of birds native to the southern coast of South Africa where he has an artist’s residence, in the picturesque and quiet country village. of Greyton who contrasts with the other artist. London and New York hubs.
Barnes’ love of nature, however, permeated from his childhood. He was born and raised in East London, sitting along the South East Coast. The abundance of natural beauty found in the place with its lush green valleys, pristine forests and grassy hills played an important role in shaping the artist’s mental cast during his formative years.
Barnes received his formal education at Selbourne College, although his real classroom is surrounded by nature. The fact that he was growing up in the care of his deaf elderly grandfather who, in fact, cared little for the child turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Barnes. As there was no strict guardianship, he could wander freely as he wished in the midst of the rich abundance of nature that represented East London with its hills, valleys and forests.
And this is reflected all too clearly in Barnes’ philosophy of art and the way he approaches his artistic creations. According to Barnes, he always saw pain as a joyful expression of life in its bountiful abundance and that he reveled in sound and light and all the different forms of nature. As such, Barnes argues, colors in his works are used more as symbols of light, form and sound and less for their naturalistic value. This is why, although many of his paintings and sculptural works have a formalist bent (with some bordering on downright quirky), the other, more figurative works are full of exquisite details that testify to the powers of close and intense observation. by Barnes. Also, Barnes’ love for colors becomes evident in the fact that he never shies away from using them on his bronze sculptures (which, as a rule, are rarely colored).
Attention and love for detail also explains Barnes’ superiority as a portrait painter and sculptor. In fact, Barnes likes to describe portrait sculpture (more than painting) as his forte and readily accepts individual commissions for this type of work. Barnes explains that by working on a portrait, in addition to the exterior details, he’s really doing his best to express the very soul of his subject. And this is what makes Barnes’ portraits (be they humans, birds or any other living object) so original, intense and highly revealing in nature.
Barnes fondly remembers how during his studies he was fortunate to have found Tony Grogan as his mentor. The latter played a key role in shaping the mental landscape of the budding artist. As for the artists who influenced him the most, Barnes notably names Klimt, Rodin, Anton Van Vouw, JH Pierneef, Bugatti, Ernst Kirschner and Andere Derain. However, he keeps in the same breath that his true influence and mentor has been and continues to be Mother Nature herself. He claims he has always seen life as a wonderful joy and celebration and that even to this day he simply cannot wait for the sun to rise with each passing day!
You can check out many of Barnes’ latest artwork and videos at work on his Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/alastairbarnes.art) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/alastairbarnes.art/?hl=en) profiles.
CONTACT: Alastair Barnes [email protected]