Anna Barriball

Study for Fade (pink to yellow)

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Year 2021
Medium Powdered pastel and beeswax on paper
Dimensions 29.6 x 21 cm
Top pick Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation

About the work

I have recently been working on a series of drawings exploring colour tints and fades, developing different processes using powdered pigment, pastels and wax. This drawing is a study in blending pink through to yellow, concentrating on the space and warm atmosphere this process can create. The powdered colour was dusted on to the paper in layers and then coated with beeswax. The wax soaks through the paper and blends the colour giving the drawing a translucent shine.

About the artist:

Born 1972 Plymouth, Anna Barriball lives and works in London. Graduated from Foundation Studies at Falmouth School of Art (1992); BA (Hons) Fine Art from Winchester School of Art (1995); and MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art (2000).

Barriball’s work seeks to pin down the fleeting and reveal something unseen. Her intensely haptic sculptural drawings develop alongside moving image works that evolve from spontaneous discoveries and the channelling of natural forces. The works meditate on the relationship between proximity and distance, and explore the subjectivities of experience, memory, and impression.

Moving across different mediums Barriball demonstrates how the aesthetics of everyday life can be reimagined or transformed in unexpected ways. Her work investigates what lies beyond the surface, often working at the boundary between interior and exterior, she combines the real with the felt or sensed. Recently referencing the language of colouring techniques from early cinema, employed to indicate the time of day or emphasise atmosphere, Barriball’s work continues to reflect her enduring interest in temporality across still and time-based mediums.

Her works are held in public and private collections including The Arts Council Collection, London; The British Council Collection, London; The United Kingdom Government Art Collection; Herning Museum; Tate Collection, London; UBS Art Collection, London; and RISD Museum, Rhode Island.

Selected solo exhibitions include Anna Barriball and Dirk Braeckman, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2020); Fade, Frith Street Gallery, London (2019); Anna Barriball, Art Centre Pasquart, Biel/Bienne (2018); Anna Barriball & Hannelore van Dijck, Be-Part, Waregem (2017); New Works, Frith Street Gallery, London (2016); Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen (2013); and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2012). Selected group exhibitions include Welding in Space, Lemme Art Contemporain, Sion (2021); Anna Barriball and Susan Hiller, Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, Madrid (2019); Constellations: Highlights from the Nation’s Collection of Modern Art, Tate, Liverpool (2019); On Paper, Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition, UK (2019); FOKUS PAPIER – Randgänge der Zeichnung, Kunstmuseum Basel (2017); The Secret Life of Images, Kunstverein Freiburg (2016); The Bottom Line, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK), Ghent (2015); Drawing Now, Albertina Museum, Vienna (2015); Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and The Menil Collection, Houston (2015); Private Utopia: Contemporary Works from the British Council Collection, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2015); and Slow Looking: contemporary drawing, Tate Collections, London (2012).

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