Barry Anthony Finan works consistently with text. The text highlights a vision of life in large letters.
‘WRRIGHHTINNGGSS ONN WALL’ Barry Anthony Finan | British Ceramics Biennial, AWARD 2019.
Barry Anthony Finan is an artist born in Manchester. Defining himself as a writer, actor and artist, he produces bold, text based visual art he calls ‘WRRIGHHTINNGSERRSS’. He uses repetitive letters to elongate his words, which can become scripts, personal messages and hopes for the future.
The viewer is invited into Finan’s interior world, to engage with his thoughts and his fascination with particular objects and people. It is also important for him to enact the work through readings and broadcasting. He works with a range of materials including paper, canvas, metal and wood, but in recent years he has focused especially on ceramics.
“II LIKE DOINNG WRRIGHHTINNG ANND DRRAWINNG. HAVE A ACTTING PAID JOB ONN TELEVISSION TO DO LOTSS OFF TRRICKSSERRSS JUMMPONN TELLEVISSION PICTTURRESSERRSS TO LOTSS OFF GOOD MONNEY TO SPENND ANND BUY.” -Barry Anthony Finan
How long have you been making art?
I’ve been coming to Venture Arts for 12 yeasers.
What are your favourite materials to work with?
I like to do writing. I like using pens, paper, clay and making films.
What, or who, inspires you as an artist?
Main Road, old street lampsers, Llandudno, the film Brief Encounter. I like the BBC and I want to jump on 76 years ago talking television.
Why is art important to you?
Because I like it.
What has been your proudest moment as an artist?
When I had exhibitions at The GMEX, British Ceramics Biennial and Radical Craft in Chichester.
Completely A Hustling Place, Manchester Central Library, 2021.
Cordially Invited, Make Studio Baltimore, 2021.
Venture Arts at The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester Central, 2019.
AWARD 2019, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent, 2019.
Exchanges, the Whitworth, Manchester, 2019.
PERSPECTIVES, Greater Manchester, 2018.
Spilling Out, a joint presentation with Castlefield Gallery, The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester Central, 2018.
Transcript, CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London, 2018.
European Outsider Art Association Conference, Outside In, Pallant House Gallery, 2018.
HEY CLLAY! PRRIVATE VIEW, Venture Arts studio show, 2018.
Venture Arts Presents, The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester Central, 2017.
Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making, National touring Exhibition by Craftspace & Outside In 2016-2017
OutsiderXchanges Exhibition, Quay Gallery, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, 2016.
OutsiderXchanges, The Manchester Contemporary, Old Granada Studios, 2016.
MADE, Venture Arts Studio Show, People’s History Museum, Manchester, 2015.
The Art of Nature, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, Salford Quays, 2014.
Articulate, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry , Salford Quays, 2013.