8th to 25th September 2018
The Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3PU
Open 10.30-4.30pm each day
Curated by Deborah Wood, The Art Room
Valerie Barden was born in Buckinghamshire in 1938; she studied at Yeovil College of Art and later read Art History with the Open University. She has been exhibiting professionally since 1994 and a number of her paintings are held in the Bridgeman Art Library.
Barden’s work fits into the genre known as paintings of ‘Modern Life’ first explored at the end of the C19 and beginning of the C20. Although painted in a figurative manner, the qualities of abstraction and flatness specific to modern painting and the subject matter place them in contemporary context.
This group of paintings are all about contemporary figures in different public, indoor spaces, all there for the purpose of looking at things.
People in galleries, is a subject which has been treated by various artists in the past, which may have been in her subconscious, but she says she came to the subject simply by sitting for long periods in art galleries (and shopping centres) and thinking of pictures she could make of people standing or sitting fairly still in front of static paintings and objects, of the correspondence between viewer and exhibits, or simply figures as contrasting shapes against interesting architecture.
These shapes, or ‘disegno’ in painting are her main interest, together with the ever present challenge of making the colour ‘work’.
Exhibits In The Wallace Collection 2017 38x46cm
Pink Room Wallace Collection 2017 30x40cm
Red Rooms Wallace Collection 2017 38x46cm
Gallery Roanoake V.A. 2016 30x24cm
In The Wallace Collection 2017 60x80cm
In Copenhagen National Gallery 2016 40x60cm
Greeny Blue Dulwich 1 2015 30x40cm
The 17th Century Room Copenhagen National Gallery 2016 40x60cm
Escalator In The Galleries Shopping Centre 2005 122x82cm
In Dulwich Art Gallery 2015 80x60cm
Crossed Lines The Galleries Shopping Centre 2005 82x122cm
Looking Through Dulwich Art Gallery 1 2015 40x30cm
Looking Through Dulwich Art Gallery 2 2015 40x30cm
National Gallery Washington 2005 46x56cm
Stairway To Level 2 Washington National Gallery 2006 122x82cm
Stairway To Level 3 Washington National Gallery 2006 122x82cm