Barry Anthony Finan (b.1958)

 

Barry Anthony Finan works consistently with text. The text is artistically important in that it highlights a vision of life in large letters.

Artist Biography

Barry sees himself as a writer and an actor, although he has an eye for producing bold striking visual art as part of this. It is important for him to enact the work through readings and broadcasting.

 

Barry works consistently with text. The text is artistically important in that it highlights a vision of life in large letters. He draws well, but this project we feel that he has much to offer collaborating artists through the way the text comes from his ideas onto paper, wood, ceramics and metal. This style is visually absorbing. Each new piece he makes gives glimmers of his “writtings” making the viewer want to piece them together and read more. He often refers to his past in his “writtings” and in lists things that he has seen on journeys, like “traffic lighters”, and “sttreet lampers” and also things he would like to collect like “dinky toy roaders” and “sweeters”. His style of writing is unique and gives you a real insight into Barry’s journeys through life and fascination with particular objects and people.

 

Recent Exhibitions:

 

Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making, National touring Exhibition by Craftspace & Outside In 2016-2017 – Current

 

OutsiderXchanges Exhibition, Quay Gallery, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art 2016

 

OutsiderXchanges, The Manchester Contemporary, Old Granada Studios 2016

 

International Summit for Learning Disabled Artists, Glasgow 2015

 

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