Recent Art Inspired by the Refugee Crisis

4 panels not all complete yet, 3 by Bernard Barnes and panel on left by his son Aly Barnes
4 panels not all complete yet, 3 by Bernard Barnes and panel on left by his son Aly Barnes

Bernard and Reyna will be working in the gallery as their studio space during October and things will be moving around in preparation for further renovations of the building that will be taking place November to May, during which time the gallery will be closed to the public.

Bernard, Reyna and Aly have been emersing themselves in the issues around refugees over the last few months leading to the creation of new art works.

Bernard says “The idea is to create a wall combining the paintings. Ideally, in the appropriate setting, where the wall could be extended. The origins of this terrible conflict can be examined, and the consequences explored. On the other side of the barbed-wire wall will be the scrafeto wall.”

Mock up image of wall with barbed wire
Mock up image of wall with barbed wire

“It was originally designed to be a component in an exhibition concerning refugees. Visitors would be asked to leave an image, a comment, an object that will refer to this extraordinary human phenomena. We are thinking of building this as a winter space in the gallery, before it closes for the winter renovations.”

The left panel in the above image is still being painted by Aly Barnes. It is based on an extraordinary image of people gathering in Aleppo in a ruined street.

Please call in to see progress on this work. And if you have any options of places that these pieces can be displayed over the winter, please let Bernard know.

Three panels by Bernard Barnes on the Refugee theme
Three panels by Bernard Barnes on the Refugee theme

Reyna Rushton Exhibition at the Treehouse Aberystwyth in August

The six paintings below by Reyna Rushton will be on exhibition at the Treehouse in Aberystwyth in August (on the top floor). Please click on the images to see larger.

Original oil painting copyright Reyna Rushton

Original oil painting copyright Reyna Rushton

Paintings by Reyna Rushton, one of the two resident artists

Painting in grey hues with a figure in the centre
Memories of Spain, Oil on Canvas

Reyna Rushton is one of the two resident artists at St Johns Hall Gallery. Her work on exhibition is a series of pictures dealing with important themes, which use archetypal stories or images that reflect the human condition.

“I have attempted to hold a balance between the stylized iconographic approach (the general) and images drawn from my own personal environment (the particular),” she says. “I am also interested in exploring from a technical and aesthetic point of view, ways of breaking up the flat smooth canvas surface to reflect the complex nature of the visual world.”

The pieces on display are available for sale and the prices are listed in the exhibition catalogue, ranging from £100 to £450.

A selection of images in the exhibition