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Ian Barrington

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Birth year

Lives in
south london

Works in
acrylic, mixed media


university of westminster, 2003, Fine Art
Croydon college of art and technology, 1992, Design

conceptual, graffiti/street-art, abstract, photography, traditional, modern, surrealism, pop, mixed-media, arts-education landscape, gallery


Born in London, UK. Grad. University of Westminster. My current practice and direction into Lowbrow began through my exploration of 18th century Romanticism for “Happiness is But a Bittersweet Illusion” in 2005; a series of mixed-media pieces mixing beauty and happiness, love and solace with graphic scenes of horror or death – a process which required me to trawl the abattoirs, butchers and Smithfields Market for animal blood mixing with acrylic paint and collecting road kill for Sculptures.

My current practice, influenced by American Graffiti, Street Art, and Multiple Religions, centres on faith and gaining or looking for a new beginning, or falling to depths of disillusionment and despair. The segmented paintings illustrate different aspects and juxtaposed perspectives of the same journey. With a kitsch play on notions of life and death and bringing together religious iconography from Egyptian to Christianity to Buddhism, together with symbolism and influences of modern culture and street art, blended with reinventions of eons old scenes of joy, freedom, pain and fear.

Exhibitions and Projects

2013 exhibitions

Tokarska Gallery, London 14-24 February & 7-17 March

VibeSpace, London TBC

Luxury Goods, Courtyard Theatre, London. 30 April - 04 May

Menier Gallery, Chocolate Factory, London. 06 - 11 May

Showcase Cities, Richmix. London. 20 February 2013

The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London 2013

Cycooldelic Revolution, London. December 2012

Espacio Gallery, London December 2012

Huddersfield, Festival of Light, Yorkshire. December 2012

Unhinged Festival, Electric Brixton. London. November 2012

Affordable Art Exhibition, Vibe Gallery, London. October 2012

Barcelona Showcase, Casa Batllo, Spain. July 2012

The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, London. May 2012

Luxury Goods, Courtyard Theatre, London. April 2012

Showcase Cities, Richmix, London. April 2012

Grey Area, Brighton. March 2012

Greenwich Art Market. August 2011

Candid Gallery, London. June 2011

Merton Abbey Mills, London. April 2011

Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair, London. October 2010

Bite, Islington, London. July 2003

Marks, Harrow, London. July 2002

Bromley Art Market, Kent. 2001-2002

Recent Exhibits

Ian Barrington participated in these exhibits:

May, 2013 a spot of red
Menier Gallery
Jul, 2012 Barcelona Showcase 2012
Casa Battlo Passage de Gracia Barcelona
Mar, 2012 Showcase Cities. London
Rich Mix
Mar, 2012 Spaksi group show
Grey Area Gallery
Jun, 2011 mixed media group show
Candid Arts Trust
Sep, 2010 Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair
Candid Arts Trust
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