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