Original Works

My interest in painting landscapes is in the stories it can tell. It is always shaped by history, from cosmic and seismic events to animal plant and human activity. What is clear is that the earth is subject to change. Geologists, anthropologists and historians can shed light on some of those stories, but the inevitability of change itself can give rise to anxiety about the unknown future. Viewing the land with curiosity and passion helps me to feel a sense of belonging and involvement.

These paintings have been made using rocks and other materials collected while out walking, or simply collected from my garden or other visited locations. In the gathering of these materials I was wanting to hold close some sense of the place where they were found, but when making the paintings the challenge of creating exciting events with colour and texture was more prominent.

COURSE OF EVENTS
paintings by BARBARA KARN    
30 March – 4 May 2019

ACE Arts
Market Place, Somerton Somerset TA11 7NB
01458 273008
Tuesday – Saturday 10am - 5pm

Artist talk Saturday 13 April 2-4 pm

 

BORDER
50 x 50cm canvas
soil from Golden Valley Herefordshire, soot; ash, black white gold acrylic

 

ROCK PAINTING 1
50 x 50cm canvas
terra cotta tile;Herefordshire soil, Somerset blue lias, Lincolnshire limestone; black and white acrylic

 

ROCK PAINTING 2
60 x 60cm canvas
London clay;Somerset lias, Lincolnshire limestone, black and white acrylic

 

SLATE
100 X 60cm linen
Westmorland green slate,Welsh black slate, Welsh pink slate,white acrylic

 

WEST
100 x 70cm canvas
limestone West Bay Dorset, blue lias Somerset, sand Carne Beach Cornwall, terra cotta tile Lottisham Somerset

 

MINE – PRUSSIA COVE  
100 x 70cm canvas
rock Prussia Cove Cornwall; magnolia leaves Trewidden Cornwall, rust, black and white acrylic

 

SPACE (HOME)
100 X 70cm canvas
clay tile, soot, ash, blue lias, lias yellow, black and white acrylic

 

NIDD GORGE
76 X 103cm canvas
limestone & sandstone Knaresborough Yorkshire, white acrylic, gesso

 

CITY (SETTLEMENT)
120 x 80cm linen
London clay, London brick Highbury, Wiltshire chalk, black & white acrylic

 

METROPOLIS
120 X 80cm canvas
London clay, London brick, ash; soot, black & white acrylic

 

 

TRIASSIC / JURASSIC  
100 X 70cm linen
soil Exeter, blue lias Lyme, black mud Lyme, white acrylic, gesso

 

LINCOLN WOLD
25 X 25cm canvas
Lincolnshire limestone, soot, seeds black and white acrylic

 

TORCROSS TO BEESANDS
25 x 25cm canvas
Triassic rock, ivy leaf

 

TULIPS
25 X 25cm canvas
clay tile, Somerset lias, black & white acrylic

 

BRIDGIT'S FARM, CILMERY
100 x 70cm   canvas
soil: rock, soot, ash, grass