Darkly Comic Satire in Tradition of Hogarth

The first UK solo retrospective of work by ceramic artist Barnaby Barford showcases twenty three sculptural works alongside the animated film Damaged Goods.

Stick that on YouTube!, 2007, Barnaby Barford, Courtesy Saul and Justine Ingram Photo: Theo Cook
Stick that on YouTube!, 2007, Barnaby Barford, Courtesy Saul and Justine Ingram Photo: Theo Cook

The internationally acclaimed British artist is renowned for his work with antique and mass-produced figurines, which he dissects, combines, reassembles and paints to create narrative sculpture with often darkly comic titles and satirical implications. Following in the tradition of Hogarth, Chaucer, Dickens and Shakespeare, he both dissects and celebrates the human condition just as the figures he works with are dissected and re-formed anew.

He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2002 and has had several solo shows in the UK and exhibits internationally. His work is part of both private and public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and the National Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

Come on you Lightweight – Down It!, 2007, Barnaby Barford, Courtesy David Gill Galleries Ltd Photo: Theo Cook
Come on you Lightweight – Down It!, 2007, Barnaby Barford, Courtesy David Gill Galleries Ltd Photo: Theo Cook

The exhibition represents some of the artist’s most compelling creations from the past decade and provides an insight into this engaging artist’s world-view.

A full-colour catalogue featuring an interview with the artist is published in conjunction with the exhibition.

See: Barnaby Barford
Until 19 July 2014
South Gallery, Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT
Mon-Sat 10.30am – 5.30pm
Free

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