David Barnes
Artist Statement


The transient nature of our lives is the subject of my paintings. This theme is presented through the imagery in my work and also in its construction.

The significance of the imagery is intentionally open-ended. I direct the viewer’s gaze towards the periphery, the ignored, and the after-the-act. Detritus, rubble, parts of abandoned skate parks and glimpses of industrial architecture depict liminal spaces that subtly evoke violent change. Human presence is suggested by its abscence, or through a distant figure or a small portion of a body. 

Mine are relatively thin paintings with little underpainting and an economy of actual brush marks. The intent and cumulative effect, when viewed from a distance, is one of a solid image with weight, light, and three dimensions. On closer inspection, the few essential brush strokes, made with restraint and speed, produce an image that appears to hover, either contracting into solidity or exploding apart.

 
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