19th November – 12th December
Art Exhibition ‘Illusions’ by Barry Wearing
– Artist’s Profile –
Barry was born in Liverpool when you could still catch a tram ride or enjoy the views from the Overhead Railway. His roots can be seen in some of his paintings. The paintings reflect a time when streets were swept clean with a brush and shovel. When kids would play in the streets. Playing games that would rely on the extent of their imagination.After passing some ‘O’ and ‘A’ level exams, Barry went on to Art college. His Mum wanted Barry to study draftsmanship but Dad believed that one day, Barry could make it as a commercial artist. The true outcome was that Barry left college to sell radiograms and single tub washing machines for Curry’s. Art became a hobby that would make a few bob rather than a passion. Barry continued to keep an interest in artists, both modern and classic. Fantasy Art would always stir the imagination. Artists like Frank Frazetta, whose work is dynamic, energetic and dreamlike. And Dali, whose work is fantastic and surreal.In fact, some of the work here is both fantastic and surreal!Barry has recently turned his hand to sculpting. There is an example here in the form of Absolem, the hookah smoking caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland. Absolem is made with papier mache, a medium that has been around a long time! (a bit like Barry) Shaping old newspapers into creatures and characters is great fun. So don’t be surprised if you see a fox riding a penny farthing or a dragon, stood on the battlements of some mythical castle.