Barnaby Barford is an artist who works primarily with contemporary ceramics to create narrative pieces. He is best known for his work with both mass-market and antique found porcelain figurines, cutting up and exchanging elements or adding to them and repainting them, to create sculptures which are often sinister and sardonic but invariably humorous. With irony, he draws a portrait of our contemporary lives.
Through his works, Barford explores all aspects of our society.
with a dark sense of English humour and satire, Barford’s work explores and celebrates the human condition.
Barnaby Barford (b. 1977) graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2002. He has shown his work internationally. Barford has worked with museum commissions, private commissions and most recently for Louis Vuitton.
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His work, through it’s incisiveness, beauty and humour has the rare ability to speak and engage with a broad section of people from many different backgrounds.
He has been the subject of several solo exhibitions in the UK and most recently has had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia, USA. His work is part of both public and private collections. He is currently represented by David Gill Galleries, St James’ London.
Barford has worked with museum commissions, private commissions and most recently for Louis Vuitton. Alun Graves, Senior Curator of the Ceramics and Glass Collection at the V&A says, “Barford is brilliantly puckish, and something of an agent provocateur. By seduction and guile, his work exposes our inner frailties, prejudices and desires, holding up a mirror to us both metaphorically as well – on occasion – physically. Few are so incisive and insightful.”
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