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rebecca barnard biography

Rebecca Barnard: (b: 1961 UK)


Somerset based contemporary visual artist, Rebecca Barnard, was born in Saffron Walden and has roots in agriculture and arable farming.

Rebecca travelled widely in her 20s, living, painting and working throughout Europe and Australia.  

Each work has its own palette and story.  Most of the works are completed in the studio, with its facilities; a hob to melt wax, running water, drawers of pigments, gathered objects and materials, allowing the work to evolve and form over time.  The West Country and Pembrokeshire are often centres of inspiration, but the visual world provides motivation to make marks wherever she travels.

“The compulsion to create is not something I can choose to turn off and on.  It is the only addiction on the planet for which one can feel truly blessed.  To feel the texture and structure of a weathered object, or see the effects of the forces of our natural world at work, is like hearing a siren call to recreate it using paint and the materials around me.  To me, these things are thrilling and when combined with the instinct to make; the whole is irresistible.


Her work is now in private collections both in the UK and internationally, including USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Egypt.  She has been selected for many prestigious exhibitions such as the Royal Academy, Royal West of England Academy, the Society of Women Artists and the Mall Galleries.


Rebecca Barnard now lives and works in Somerset and, alongside her own practice, also co-runs Heritage Courtyard Gallery and Studios with her business partner, Heather Wallace, in the centre of Wells.  She also teaches oil painting and cold wax technique as part of the educational programme within the space.

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