Happy New Year 2021
Many thanks to all who continued to support and champion my business last year, even with gallery closures and gov restrictions due to covid I had the best year of sales to date! Perhaps due to many decorating homes during lockdown and needing finishing focal feature, hopefully my paintings brought a sense of escape to the places we were all missing.
The year ahead is looking positive, with a solo show starting in Feb at the Green Gallery in Buchlyvie. The current body of paintings has taken a slight shift in direction. Sadly we were unable to travel as much last year so I had to reignite memories of past adventures to inspire the paintings. As a result there a few more abstract compositions as well as developing on from previous paintings to inspire new ones. Hopefully by Spring we will be able to visit the galleries again, for now many, like Green Gallery, are doing a great job of making videos for social media and individual clients upon request.
COVID 19 Restrictions
Due to Covid 19 government restrictions my show at the Lemond Gallery is currently online only, sales have still been remarkably positive. Ken and Susan Lemond are doing a fantastic job of keeping people engaged in the exhibition, including interviewing me about the current paintings on show to get an insight into my thought process, here it is below:
SHORT INTERVIEW WITH ROSANNE BARR
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW 29 MARCH 2020
A Memorable Tune
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO INTO ART ?
I always loved to paint and draw. At the age of 15, I remember seeing paintings (Catterline landscapes) by the famous Scottish artist, Joan Eardley (1921-1963), which had a lasting impact on me. I always did well in the subject of art at school, but my (typical) parents (an RSAMD lecturer and Psychologist) were worried that it wasn't a career. My art teacher convinced me otherwise.
WHY LANDSCAPE ?
If you saw my degree work at Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee (1999-2003) you would not recognise it as it was very abstract and resembled aerial mapping. It is only in the last 10 or so years that I moved to landscape and introduced more realism and content.
I have always loved trips to the sea. I am happy just sitting and watching the sea, letting my mind go. I love the isolation and sense of space, being on your own. I could sit and lose myself there forever.
WHEN YOU APPROACH A BLANK CANVAS, WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO CONSTRUCT ?
My roots are abstraction, so I do not wish to be literal, describing specific places or detail. I want my paintings to be like a piece of music or a great song that you want to go back to, over and over again. I want to achieve that sense of buzz that you get when you gripped by a great tune.
I know the west coast and Orkney (where my parents live) well. I tend to use physical reference as a starting point but then I close my eyes and try to paint my memories of the scene, using a scene to inform, but not dictate my painting.
I want people to remember the melody and harmonies not the (photographic) details of the score.
I use my instincts to create the shapes and colours and very often my painting will simply emerge as I progress.
The bottom line is that I want the viewer to be taken to the places I love and for them to love and enjoy these scenes too. I also want to leave it to the viewer to interpret where they think the scene might be.
WHY LARGE CANVASES ?
I prefer to use large or wide canvases as they give me the freedom and space to paint. Very often the success of a painting is defined by the success of my starting point - the sky. I like to add marks and textures that stimulate the eye and make the content/painting enjoyable.
Not every painting is large as I also want people to be able to access pared-down versions of my paintings.
ELEMENTS OF CONTENT THAT MAKE A PAINTING ?
I am trying to convey that enjoyable sense of remoteness and isolation to the viewer. For that reason I love big skies, whether the fiery red of a sunset or a more moody, stormy sky, wide beaches and distant horizons (perspective) that invoke the desired sense of remoteness with no one else in sight. Vast expanses of water - I am fascinated by water. I want people to get a feeling of time and space that goes on forever.
Being brought up in Gartocharn (Loch Lomondside) the weather tends to be more constant. When you are in Orkney, the old saying that you can have four seasons in a day is so true. As an artist it is great to see the sudden changes in climatic conditions and face the challenges of painting these switches (the changing skies) that add dramatisation to many of my works.
CURRENT EXPERIMENTATION ?
You will see some examples in the current exhibition where there I have introduced elements of abstraction. Perhaps I am experimenting with my roots ?
SHORT INTERVIEW WITH ROSANNE BARR
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW 29 MARCH 2020
Due to the Corona Virus most galleries are closed for public viewing, I am now home schooling my kids, like many trying to think of ways to keep them inspired and entertained. So I decided to launch an online competition for kids 4 - 16 , to paint, draw or create a mixed media painting of a landscape. The deadline is 30th April 2020 and winners announced on the 4th of May , winner will receive an original painting by me. There will also be a top ten that will receive a certificate. Please email images to firstname.lastname@example.org or via my face book page Rosanne Barr Scottish Artist , please 'like' my page to receive updates as each week I will post the weeks entries. so everybody get painting!!
Under the hammer!
Fundraising for Marie Curie Nurses.
What a night!! I was invited to paint live on stage during the 'Brain Game' a charity fundraiser at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow. I don't know what was more daunting being interviewed on stage in front of 100s of dinner guests or the challenge of painting in nearly pitch black conditions, aside from a strategically placed strobe light which cast all sorts of shadows across the canvas. I rose to the challenge and at the end of the night after a series of grand and luxurious getaways and experiences were auctioned , the bidding war began over my painting that I had worked on all night, I was astounded that it raised £3600 for Marie Curie Nurses, I guess that's what you call 'Raising the Barr' (see what I did there?)
My second starring role in artist video!! Eilidh and a film crew came to my studio to capture me painting and chatting about my thought process. The beautiful scenery in the background was Loch Lomond on a magically lit February afternoon, stunning piece of film.
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I am delighted to have be one of British Contemporary Art.com featured artists. This website features the top British Artists. Follow the link below to find out more!!
I will be hosting an open studio event as part of Campsie Art Vibe from 1 till 4 pm on Sunday the 12th August 2018 at my studio , 20 Dunlop Place , Milngavie. I will be giving painting demonstrations throughout the day and showing my latest paintings.
Christmas shows are all up and running, you can find my paintings scattered across the country in the following galleries;
Annan Gallery, Glasgow The Lemond Gallery, Bearsden The Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen
Strathearn Gallery, Crieff The Wren Gallery, Burford The Look Gallery, Helmsley , York The Green Gallery, Buchlyvie
Signet Contemporary Art, London The Veneeer Gallery, Glasgow The Doorway Gallery, Dublin
Just returned from a wonderful adventure to the beautiful Island of San Antioco, Sardinia. After settling into the lovely apartment high on a hill over looking the little town and sea, I met the other ten European artists from Portugal. Czech Republic, Belgium, Norway, Italy and France. Then the weeks events kicked off with musical performances on the stage in the town centre, we were then interviewed on stage to introduce our work and country. The following three days were spent painting under the specially constructed Gazebos on one of the Islands idyllic beaches, crowded by Italian beach goers and art enthusiasts we all painted and chatted and swam to cool us down. I met some wonderful people and enjoyed all the hospitality provided, Sardinian , what a week!! After tv interviews and a final farewell party all paintings produced during the week were auctioned off to raise money for AVAST a local charity and many of volunteers were involved in running the event and hosting the invited artists.
I have been invited to participate in 'Colour Island' Sant' Antioco , Sardinia , where I will be painting for a week with other artists from across Europe.
Please click on the link to take you to the flip catalogue promoting my exhibition at he Fotheringham Gallery October 2016 https://info-fotheringhamgallery-co-uk.cld.bz/Rosanne-Barr-Exhibition-October-2016
This is the you tube link which takes you to the video recorded by Leigh from the Fotheringham Gallery to promote my solo show at the gallery in October 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zScLzNJ8UBg&feature=youtu.be
After two years of planning applications to buy land from the council I finally have my new studio built!! It has been well worth the wait as I can finally swing a cat and a dog and probably even a giraffe in my new studio... so if you fancy a visit to see my latest work please get in touch!
Another wonderful week spent in Orkney , staying at my parents house in Birsay. Wild storms, sunny skies and warm sunsets and I am now overloaded with paintings ideas , cant wait to get painting.....
Third painting commissioned by the Giles.
Second painting from the set of three Isles commissioned by the Giles.
I was delighted to receive the following from one of my clients who commissioned his second set of paintings inspired by the western Isles;
"We must collaborate again some other time Rosanne!
I have really found it both enjoyable and artistically rewarding to be so
closely involved with the, very successful, latest project.
I feel it has been a genuine meeting of our different but complementary
artistic worlds where the combination has added up to more than the
You deserve congratulations for being so open minded and allowing such an
experience to flourish."
Ian Giles, retired photographer.
Anyone wishing to commission a painting please do get in touch, all ideas are most welcome and I enjoy a challenge!!
I hope you too have also felt some benefit on artistic grounds alone.
My Painting was used in advertising for the GSWA annual exhibition at the Lillie Gallery , Milngavie.
I am now showing with a number of new galleries in England; Signet Contemporary Art in Chelsea, London. The Art Agency in Surrey, The look Gallery in Helmsley, York and continuing to sell well at the Red Rag Gallery in Bath and the Wren Gallery in Burford.
Diageo Whisky Specialist Commission
I was commissioned by Diageo Whisky Specialists to paint a landscape which represented the blends in Johnnie Walker Red Label and a painting to represent Johnnie Walker Black Label. The company has a blending room where guests watch and taste the blending process. The paintings are to aid the whisky specialist in explaining the process of whisky blending to an audience. This painting for Johhnie Walker Black Label represents the more classic flavours and it is a more subtle blend, no one flavour is prominent. Hopefully the painting will help ignite conversation!
I was commissioned by Diageo Whisky Specialists to paint a landscape which represented the blends in Johnnie Walker Red Label and a painting to represent Johnnie Walker Black Label. The company has a blending room where guests watch and taste the blending process. The paintings are to aid the whisky specialist in explaining the process of whisky blending to an audience. The blend of colours and the composition of this painting has blended areas and areas which pop and draw the viewer in. Red Label is a contemporary Whisky aimed and this painting was to be fresh and bold.
One of the paintings commissioned by the Rayapoor's for their cafe in Richmond, London.
One of the Paintings commissioned by the Rayapoor's for their London Cafe.
Another happy client! I was commissioned by the lovely Mr Rayapoor and his sister to paint four pieces for their Cafe in Richmond, London. They were wonderful to work with and I was able to produce four very different paintings. They were framed in a dark wood to match the shop interior. Many thanks and look forward to visiting the Cafe! More photos to follow!
This year my painting, 'A Little Escape' was awarded the Blythswood Square Quaich at the Lillie Gallery in Milngavie. The GSWA annual exhibition is on until the end of October and there is a lovely selection of paintings from many of the GSWA artists, well worth a visit!
Like Buses commissions always seem to come at once! Always a great challenge to paint for a customer and hopefully come up with something they hoped for! This week I have been approached by three different customers to commission a painting. Lets hope the creative juices are flowing!
A Selection of new paintings will be available to buy in limited edition Giclee' Prints, please visit the Print section of the website to find out more!
This is my second exhibition with the Whitehouse Gallery, last year was a near sell out , so looking forward to exhibiting again here in the lovely town of Kirkcudbright.
Delighted to have completed a 120 cm x 60 cm commission which will look fantastic in their lovely home. Although there might be a war over who gets to sit in on the chair that faces the painting!!
Last chance to buy the remaining paintings at the Clydebank Exhibition, only 5 paintings unsold, thanks to everyone that visited the show.
I was delighted with the turn out at the preview night for my solo show at the Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery. With over fifty guests and seven paintings sold, it was a very successful evening. A huge thanks to Trish and her team for hanging the exhibition and for making everyone feel welcome. The show runs until the 26th April so plenty of time to browse.
Solo exhibition, 'A Brush with the Sea' at the Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery. you may have been one of the 10.000 people that visited the Jolomo retrospective last year in this Art Gallery! My exhibition opens to the public on the 24th of January and runs until mid March.
This exhibition in inspired by many trips to Orkney and my fascination with the wild seas, boats that sail these waters and the isolated beaches of the west coast. If you would like an invite to the private view on the evening of the 23rd please contact me email@example.com
Delighted to have been elected as Vice President of Glasgow Society of Women Artists. Originally established in 1882 by eight of the first women students at the Glasgow School of Art, the GLASGOW SOCIETY OF LADY ARTISTS flourished until 1971 when sadly it was disbanded due to financial pressures. However it was revived in 1975 as the GLASGOW SOCIETY OF WOMEN ARTISTS and currently enjoys a membership of around 151 artists and 57 lay members.
I have just completed my largest commission to date (150 x 90 cm ) for a lovely couple in Dumblane. The painting is now hanging in their beautiful extension. The painting was inspired by my recent trip to Iona and it captures the beautiful calm weather at the start of the summer!
Delighted to have been selected for Vogue's Masterpiece section in their International Collections Issue September 2013. I have a painting and an article printed in this issue!
See below for article;
Rosanne Barr sets the tone for a new generation of Scottish Landscape Artists. Colour and movement, dramatic skies and evocative foregrounds reveal nature’s wildest coastline.
International Artist of the Year at Florida’s Great Gulf Arts Festival 2012, Rosanne (31), features in private collections in the USA, New Zealand, Thailand and Dubai.
A Jolomo Award Laureate, Rosanne exhibits across the UK including Edinburgh, London, Bath, Kirkcudbright, Oxford and Glasgow.
I now have a range of signed and numbered Limited Edition of Giclee prints from a run of 195. They are a high quality reproduction Print on paper and each print is supplied with a 3" mount. You can buy these prints directly from me by calling 07810 884 485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit the prints section on the website for more information and images available.
Just returned from a sun soaked trip to Mull where we visited colour filled Tobermory in our new campervan. I returned to my favourite Island; Staffa, where I was delighted to watch a flurry of Puffins zooming in and out of their burrows with freshly caught fish. Then I spent hours fishing in Iona's tranquil waters with my four year old son Keir. For crystal waters and silky white beaches, Iona is a dream location and I can't wait to get back and capture it on canvas!
I held my first workshop in Newton Mearns with a lovely group of ladies, who in 3 hours produce some fantastic, atmospheric paintings. The class included demos of techniques and a step by step guide to to paint landscapes in water mixable oils. Please get in touch if your art club is interested in an affordable workshop in landscape painting!
Launching first workshop to teach small groups in landscape painting. If you have a art club interested in a workshop please contact me on 07810 884 485 or email email@example.com for further info.
Please come along to Clarkston town hall to support the Christian Aid exhibition. This year I have donated a painting for the raffle so head along and buy lots of tickets!!!!
I have just returned from the Great Gulf Arts Festival in Pensacola (Florida) and had a fantastic time giving demonstrations, lectures and exhibiting my work at the exhibition. It was an amazing event attracting over 150, 000 visitors and an array of talented artist exhibiting their work. The committee treated me like a celebrity and I was welcomed off the aeroplane to a champagne reception on a limo style party bus! I met the Mayor of Pensacola, judged the most incredible Halloween costume party at Seville square, saw the Blue Angel jets air show from the top of a lighthouse and enjoyed the beautiful white sands and lagoon waters of Pensacola. It was an unforgettable experience and superb exposure, with newspaper photos and radio adverts. Now back to the clouds of Scotland after three weeks of blue sky!
Please come along to the Concept Art Gallery in Bearsden, Schaw Lodge , 14 Drymen rd G61 3SG. It is an open weekend Saturday and Sunday. For full collection please visit http://www.concept-art.co.uk/
Just returned from another trip to Orkney, one glorious day of sun, trekked across to the Brough of Birsay, we found a secret cave and then watched a people got soaked returning from the Island as the tide was coming in over the pathway.
Waves were not as impressive as usual, but the sunset was mesmerising. The following few days offered either heavy showers or sea haar so the views were pretty washed out. However this in turn gave me plenty of inspiring clouds , full of colour and often with a hurricane like appearance.
I have just completed my first and possibly last outdoor mural at my son's nursery school. Through wind , rain and hail stones I battled to complete a painting of little group of shops for the nursery children to role play with,, they can even draw on the little blackboards painted in front of the shops. It was great to have lots of spectators throughout the few weeks of painting and the children all seem to love it. So thanks for a great challenge and I hope it continues to withstand the ever changing Scottish weather!!!
Please join us from 6pm onwards on the 4th of May at the Flaubert Gallery for the opening of a joint show of work by myself and Amy Marshall. The exhibition runs until the 16th of May and features a range of impressions of the Scottish Landscape.
The Great Gulf Arts Festival in Florida, USA has selected me to be the International Artist for 2012. I am delighted about this opportunity to expand my horizons and visit Pensacola's artistic community , I will be giving demonstrations, selling work and attending parties throughout the festival which is at the start of November.
The festival is a juried event with over 200 US artists with prizes reaching a total of 25,000 dollars. It will be fascinating to see all the different styles and talents.
I hoping to start up an art class in Milngavie/Bearsden, either running a weekend session, summer school or weekly class depending on demand, if you are interested please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I was delighted to give a short talk and demonstration of my techniques in acrylic in Oil. It was a super night with great feed back and amazing enthusiasm , so thanks to all at the Stirling art Club for a very enjoyable night and I hope my demonstrations inspired.
Prints will be available soon, limited edition and signed Giclee. There are ten images each available in two sizes. For further information please contact me on 07810 884 485 or contact Marc Dirollo at the Atholl Gallery Dunkeld on 01350 728855.
Please join us at the Tighnabruaich Gallery on Friday the 5th August from 6-7.30. This Gallery is situated in the little village of Tighnabruaich over looking the Kyle's of Bute, stunning views well worth a day trip.
On show are 23 of my paintings which can be viewed online at www.tig-gallery.com
Please vote for my painting to win the cover competition for the Ken Bromley Art Magazine. You can register your vote on the following link http://www.artsupplies.co.uk/covercomp/
Many thanks, Rosanne
I have been asked to paint an Orang-utan to raise money for the animal welfare charity, Elephant Family. The project is called Jungle in the City. My concept was based on the idea that my Orang-utan has travelled to Scotland to find a new habitat for his family, as he travels around Scotland he sends postcards home with images of Scotland. My idea incorporates my paintings, which I painted across the entire body of the sculpture which was pretty tricky! Keir my son enjoyed the new house mate!
The aim of the Jungle City project is to raise both money and awareness for the conservation of the endangered species.
Each animal will be sponsored and decorated before being placed around Edinburgh. After two months, they will be gathered together and auctioned off to raise Â£1m for the charity.
Spent a fun few days hanging an array of paintings at the Glasgow Art Club on behalf of the GSWA. The show opens on Fri 3rd and is worth a visit to view an eclectic mix of exciting paintings, textiles, jewellery and sculpture.
Launch of Billboard poster at Jordanhill train station on Crow Rd, great advert , great exposure for the show.
Opening night set to be a busy night with over fifty paintings to browse.