Barry Anthony Finan works consistently with text. The text highlights a vision of life in large letters.
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.
Venture Arts at The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester Central, 11- 13 October 2019
AWARD 2019, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent, September 2019
Exchanges, the Whitworth, Manchester, February 2019 – February 2020
PERSPECTIVES, Greater Manchester, October 2018- February 2019
Spilling Out, a joint presentation with Castlefield Gallery, The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester Central, October 2018
Transcript, CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London, May 25th – June 23rd 2018
European Outsider Art Association Conference, Outside In, Pallant House Gallery, May 4-6th, 2018
HEY CLLAY! PRRIVATE VIEW, Venture Arts studio show, March 23rd – April 27th, 2018
Venture Arts Presents, The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester Central, October 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