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Scottish Artist:
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Scottish Artist Shona BARR - Yellow Lilies
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Flowers Art by Shona BARR

Maroon Dahlias Study
Shona BARR - Maroon Dahlias Study

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Artist: Shona BARR

The first thing that strikes one about the paintings of Shona Barr is the sheer unbounded use of colour. Based in Scotland, her paintings explore aspects of nature ranging from the wild beauty of coastal landscapes to the exuberant abundance of garden flowers. Shona's process starts with watercolours painted outside. The aim is to absorb atmosphere as well as record details, watch how changing light alters colours and mood, and to capture all this essential information on paper. In the studio there is a significant stage of selection and editing; sometimes, only a small section of a watercolour becomes the basis for an oil painting. Oil studies on card help her to decide what is vital before moving on to canvas.

Shona works in a bold and direct way to retain freshness and energy, investigating the interplay between abstraction and representation, playing with the boundaries where completely abstract marks come together as a recognisable image. Yet, nothing is invented. The luscious textures and colours are already inherent in the actual landscape or flora. Hence, the painting that emerges articulates a hidden presence rather than that which stands out as most obvious. It is a distillation of the original view. The floral paintings have an intense, magnified quality which envelopes the viewer. Recently, they have the added intimacy of being sourced from flowers the artist herself has grown on her allotment. In contrast, the landscapes have become increasingly panoramic.

Over the years, Shona has found herself drawn back again and again to working by the sea. There is constant change with the shifting tides, and the colours of the sea are transformed from one moment to the next as clouds move past. Perhaps it is the challenge of capturing something so ephemeral that fascinates her.

Shona Barr’s studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art. From there she made frequent visits to their outpost at Culzean in Ayrshire and discovered a great delight in working outdoors. She won the GSA Landscape Prise in 1987 and the Armour Prize for Still Life the following year. Upon graduation, a scholarship took her to the Statens Kunstakademi, Oslo where she spent a year immersing herself in the forested landscape surrounding the city. A year spent in Barcelona acquiring an MA from Winchester School of Art completed her studies.

In 1998, Shona Barr was awarded a Superior Prize at the "Small Paintings, Great Harmony" Winter Olympic Games Exhibition, Nakano, Japan. She has paintings in the permanent collections of Lillie Art Gallery, Prior's Court School and Strathclyde University, and corporate and private collections. She has been included in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute (David Cargill Award, 1989), Paisley Art Institute and exhibits frequently in galleries across the United Kingdom.


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