'Pirosmani in Tbilisi', Christopher Barrett

Partially invisible men with moustaches sitting on chairs in a formal room

Oil on canvas, 61 x 76 cm, 2008

Artist's statement

'Pirosmani in Tbilisi' is the result of a visit to the state museum in the capital of the Republic of Georgia. A room is devoted to the work of Niko Pirosmani and I wanted to let the characters he painted occupy the space of the room. It took some time for this group of men at a banquet to make their way from one painted
world into another.

My paintings endeavour to be visual representations of my everyday experiences. I am trying to bring together visual observations and emotional responses. These attempts to fuse together parallel worlds to form a coherent visual language have
led to an interest in pictorial representation of space and light. Through painting I am, in a sense, trying to take possession of the space I occupy and experience.

Biography

Christopher Barrett was born in London in 1954. He
attended Bath Academy of Art Corsham 1973-76. Solo shows include 'Christopher Barrett' Bampton Art Centre Oxfordshire 1977, 'Christopher Barrett Paintings and Drawings' Bloomsbury Way Gallery No 1 London 1982 and '33 Paintings of Chastleton House' Manor House Gallery Chipping Norton 1989. He was 'Hospital Artist-in-Residence' Barrow in Furness 1993-4 and 'Muir Trust Artist-in-Residence - Revealing Interiors' Buckinghamshire County Museum Aylesbury 1998. Group shows include 'Midland View 3' Mansfield Art Gallery (touring) 1984-5, 'A Century of Art in Oxford' MOMA Oxford 1992, 'Worthing Open Art Exhibition' (1st prizewinner) 1997 and 'Off the Wall' BCM Aylesbury 2006.