Barbara Sykes was born in Doncaster in 1944.
She worked for many years as a textile designer for two Manchester
studios. She later combined raising three children with freelance
In 1989 she returned to full time education
and in 1993 she graduated from Bretton, Leeds University with
a B.A Hons Degree in fine art. Also in that year, she was selected
to be a studio holder with the Dean Clough artists in Halifax.
She has held workshops, lectured and participated
in open studios. She has exhibited extensively in both municipal
and private galleries. Her work is in public and private collections
in the UK, France, America, Slovenia & Malaysia.
Barbara’s work is considered meditation on
the ‘human condition’ from birth to death. Of her work Barbara
“By pouring and staining the
paper the paint is allowed to ebb and flow organically, suggesting
the visceral, never dogmatic but rather evocative of our own
uncertain relationship with our own bodies.”
As apparently simple statements, her work
sets up a duality, whereby on one hand, it clearly describes
its subject whilst on the other, undermines the same subjects
stability through nuanced and intelligent drawing.
She uses water-based paints and charcoal
as her medium.
Barbara graduated from Bradford University
in 2005 with an M.A. in Printmaking.
If you are, or know of any local
artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc) located
or based in and around Manchester please let us know, and if appropriate,
we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly by email.