Contemporary Australian landscape painter Fiona Barrett-Clark’s work evokes memories of our travels through country. The curve of a road, the smell of rain, drought and the sound of a spring storm. The paintings are void of people, though not of human presence. There is a sense of déjà vu, and of travelling. Her focus is upon the sky and clouds and the transformative effect they have upon the land and the sea.
Barrett-Clark achieved an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts from The Sydney Gallery School and has exhibited extensively for over a decade. Fiona has had solo shows at Dungog Contemporary, The Corner Store Gallery, Orange, Breathing Colours, Balmain and Level Gallery, Newtown. A winner of the Smaller Works Prize at the 2017 Hunters Hill Art Prize and a Finalist (commended) at the 2015 Hawkesbury Art Prize. Barrett-Clark has also been a finalist at the Glover, Belle, St George, Parramatta and Little Things art prizes. Fiona’s exceptional work has recently been featured in Amber Creswell Bell’s new art reference book “A Painted Landscape” A survey of 50 contemporary Australian artist’s who depict country in a variety of mediums and varying terrain.
Executed in oil paint upon high grade marine plywood which embues the work with the feel of analogue photography. The works whilst not being realist, do have a photographic sense to them. The paintings are all inspired by Barrett-Clark’s travel’s within rural Australia, in particular the east coast north and south of Sydney, and the 300 or so kilometres back out to the western plains of NSW.