Adam Barsby

Sudden Shower by Adam Barsby
Into The Light by Adam Barsby
Along The Coast by Adam Barsby
Night Life by Adam Barsby
The Rendezvous by Adam Barsby
The Captains Table by Adam Barsby
Loves Journey IV - Sculpture by Adam Barsby
Summer Dreams by Adam Barsby
Romance In Sight This Moonlight Night by Adam Barsby
Be Back Soon by Adam Barsby
Sing to the Sun by Adam Barsby
A product of a Leicester council estate circa 1969, contemporary landscape and figurative artist Adam Barsby hasn’t looked back as he’s moulded a successful career for himself through his seemingly inherent creative streak. Not that he had an upbringing that he shouldn’t peer back with any emotion other than fondness, as Barsby describes his formative Leicester years as some of the happiest of his life. Born unto a hairdresser mother and model-building father, a young and impressionable Barsby’s parental unit was nothing if not expressive.

Speaking on the subject of his youth, Barsby wastes no time in decreeing that his mother had this almost uncanny knack for visualizing a finished hairstyle before she even reached for her comb and scissors, whilst his dad was habitually barricaded in his shed for days constructing boats, planes, houses and landscapes, albeit shaped and sculpted in balsa of plywood as he whittled away at his scale modelling hobby. Of his father and his recollections of the time, Barsby strongly believes that like him, it’s fair to say that he’s something of a dreamer and a star-reacher.

Barsby was 7-years old when his artistic gift was first observed, and on winning a Milky Way bar in a classroom competition. Hey, an artist must start somewhere, and Milky Ways were very palatable. Asked to portray themselves in an unusual setting (admittedly quite philosophical for your average 7-year old) the concept got Barsby’s creative juices flowing, and he’d continue his early year’s art education after school at home. He’d pop round to his mate’s house and grab some of his mate’s dad’s rolls of spare wallpaper and proceed to draw battle scenes on the plain, reverse side, complete with ships, planes, soldiers and bombs according to Barsby. This exercise inadvertently taught Barsby an invaluable extra curricular lesson suggesting that art could be fun and it could easily be used to portray a story or message should it need to.

Continuing his walk down memory lane Barsby reminisces about his passion for depicting English coastal scenes in his works stems from family holidays as a youngster that inevitably took in extended caravan-dwelling stays at the seaside. In fact, the travelling to and from locations also left a mark on the young Barsby who’s made it his business to travel far and wide ever since. Having said that, irrespective of the number of countries he’s visited, he was always drawn back to Cornwall, where he spent large chunks of his holidaying childhood. Barsby admits that when he doesn’t return to Cornwall – which he does regularly as it continues to present a rich vein of creative form for him – then he’s imagining being there.

Jumping to Barsby’s educational years, he graduated with a first class honours degree in Illustration in 1992, as awarded by the Kent Institute of Art and Design, and decided to throw his hat into the freelance illustrative ring immediately afterwards. A succession of London’s galleries provided Barsby with a commercial vehicle for his creative output during this period, affording him the necessary shop windows to both express his talent and of course fund himself. Just four years after completing his studies, Barsby took the decision to turn pro (artist that is) and in 1996 launched his dedicated solo career. His confidence was soon rewarded by invitations to exhibit at many prestigious galleries throughout the UK and the highly successful launch of his range of limited editions and original silkscreen prints. Barsby’s first major London Exhibition was held at Harrod's Picture Gallery in June 1998; not only was it enjoyed by a large number of specially invited guests but the show was a resounding success. From landscapes, cityscapes and those mooted seascapes, Barsby has in recent times sought to redefine his signature style and adopt new genres, such as figurative.

When broached on the subject of creative influences, Barsby’s particular persuasions of both a conscious and subconscious nature are never far from the surface, and lists a mixed bag as determined inspirations. Numbered amongst his somewhat eclectic list we have, Stanley Spencer, Alfred Wallis, C.R.W Nevinson and Paul Nash. Indeed, it’s the seemingly naďve works of Wallis, who in turn influenced Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood, that have captured the imagination of Barsby and instilled his visual arousal for coastal and harbour vistas.

Success and industry acknowledgment and awarded recognition has been quick and regular for Barsby, who picked up the prestigious John Solomon Trophy for Best Selling Artist of 1998, while a year later he was handed the’ Best Up and Coming Artist’ accolade in 1999 by the Fine Art Trade Guild, followed up by the same organisation and industry body handing him their ‘Best Selling Artist in the UK’ gong 12 months later. Barsby’s also been nominated for in the ‘Best Published Artist’ category on no fewer than three separate – and successive – occasions; namely 2001, 2002 and 2003, whilst he’s also been invited to lecture at several art colleges across his native Midlands.

Barsby’s own personal family life nowadays shapes his creative routine, with the artist looking after his young son since his birth whilst his wife pursues her chosen career. This arrangement has obviously impinged on Barsby’s way of working, and whereas previously he used to plan and execute a painting in the one sitting, preferring to go with the spontaneous initial flow, now his routine has to be slightly more considered given his home situation. Admitting that the whole process demands a longer period to oversee from start to finish, Barsby concurs that this has had nothing but a positive effect on his art’s outcome, enabling him to view his creations with a more critical and time-accumulative eye.

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