Artist Biography - David Barnes
David was born in 1942 in Africa and spent his early childhood there. He has a degree in history and economics and was a qualified chartered accountant. Before his retirement, he worked in professional practice and as a consultant for the Open University, running seminars in the UK, Europe and Africa on financial management on their MBA programme.
David began painting i...n 2008 when he retired. His first exhibition, held during Herefordshire’s Open Studio week in September of that year, was a virtual sell-out. Since then he has exhibited regularly at the Albany Gallery in Cardiff as well as the Red Rag Gallery in Bath and Stow-on-the-Wold and at Plas Glyn y Weddw. His work has also been exhibited at galleries in Chester, Brecon, Nantwich, Milford Haven, north Lancashire and on a regular annual basis at the NEC Birmingham. He has had several one man exhibitions, including two very successful ones at the Albany Gallery, Cardiff and the Red Rag Gallery, Bath. His work has been sold to clients in China, France, Netherlands, Australia, Russia and the United States. One of David’s paintings is now part of the collection at the National Assembly for Wales. David’s paintings have appeared on a number of occasions in the Daily Telegraph and he was also the subject of a two page feature in the Western Mail and in numerous glossy local publications such as Cardiff Life.
David has been based in North Wales most of his adult life and spent much of his free time walking in the mountains of Snowdonia and on the coastline of north Wales and Anglesey. It is his response to these landscapes that inspires much of his work. As well as painting the Welsh landscape, David also enjoys painting still life subjects. David has been greaty infuenced by the late Sir Kyffin Williams and, like him, paints in oils, using a palette knife and a thick impasto technique to produce bold strokes that add strength and texture to his work, giving it a sculptured feel. “Once you’re no longer bound by trying to paint a semi-photographic representation of what is in front of you, your painting is able to evolve,” he says. “These days I start work knowing what I’m going to paint and what colours I want to use, but as I paint the painting evolves. I possibly use colours that I did not really intend to use, or move parts of the composition – and the great thing with oil paint is that when it doesn’t work, you just scrape it off and start again.”