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Suzy Barnard

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Birth year

Lives in

Works in
San Francisco


Bristol Polytechnic, England, 1980, BFA
Southampton College of Art, 1977, Foundation Fne Art
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)

Representing galleries

ships, MARITIME, landscape seascape Maritimes painting landscape painting


For the last seven years I have been mesmerized by the ships I see from my studio window at Pier 70 in San Francisco. The particular light and weather conditions of the San Francisco Bay create an ever-changing scene, shrouding and illuminating the ships and water in ways that continue to fascinate me. Sometimes ghostly and glimmering, sometimes glowing in the full glory of sunlight, the ships are like large still lives on a liquid surface, sublime, mysterious, and full of longing.

Industrial yet romantic, large cargo ships seen from far away are imbued with poetry. While the shipping industry carries ominous associations surrounding environmental disaster, pollution, and the global economy, the ships themselves are symbols of freedom and new horizons. To me, they are formidable, proud and beautiful, and they keep appearing and disappearing in new ways that stretch my way of seeing, challenging me to capture the moment, before they glide away.

Still life and landscape:
Sunlight transforms the chaos of the kitchen counter, and shadows make their own pools of mystery. Walking down a familiar path, the greens in the distance glimmer brightly, as if offering a promise. My everyday world is waiting to be noticed and savored.



1984   MFA, Painting: San Francisco Art Institute, CA
1980   BA Honors, Fine Art: Bristol Polytechnic, England
1977   Foundation Diploma, Fine Art Southampton College of Art, England

Solo Exhibitions

2011   "Atmosphere & Undercurrents," Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009   "Ships at Bay", Lobby Gallery, 455 Market Street, San Francisco
2008   Caffe Museo, S.F. Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2007   Merced Community College Art Gallery, Merced, CA
2006   Big Think Studios, San Francisco, CA
2005   Treasure Island Job Corps Center, San Francisco, CA
2005   SF Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005   989 Market St, San Francisco, CA
2001   Za Spot Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995   SF Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1992   Courtyard Gallery, Alameda, CA
1988   Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland, CA
1985   Twin Palms Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010   "Bay Area Currents", Oakland Art Gallery, ProArts, Oakland, CA
2008   "Reflections of the Bay", California Modern Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005   Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA
                Artspan’s Selections 2005/SF International Arts Festival
2005   Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, CA
                20th Annual Juried Show
1994-  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2006
2006       Annual Warehouse Sale Exhibition
2002-  G2 Gallery, 18th St., San Francisco, CA
2003       Gifts of Love, Creations Made for Children
1996   City of Emeryville, Emeryville, Oakland
                 Emeryville’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibition
1996   Rubisow-Sargeant Winery, Berkeley, CA
               “Suzy Barnard, Janet Delaney, Susan Felter” with ProArts Open Studios
1989   The Kaiser Center Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
               “Nine Bay Area Artists”
1987-  Emanuel Walter Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1988      “My Funny Valentine”, “The Art of Love”
1986-  Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1987      “Toys by Artists”
1986   Anna Gardner Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA
               “Summer Group Show”
1986   Lawson Galleries, San Francisco, CA
               “Figures ‘86"
1981   Bristol Arts Center, Bristol, England
               “10 Printmakers” 1980 Royal Academy of Art, London, England
               “Stowell’s Trophy Competition”
1979   Manchester University, Manchester, England
               “Northern Young Contemporaries”


2009   Artspan’s Annual Auction, Juror’s Award, San Francisco
2009   Artspan’s Open Studios Exhibition Juror’s Choice Award
1988   Emerging Artist Award, 10th Annual Creative Growth Art Auction,
            Creative Growth Arts Center, Oakland, CA


San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker “Currents” at ProArts, Aug. 20, 2010
East Bay Express, DeWitt Cheng “36/7 at ProArts Gallery”, Aug. 18, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, Kenneth Baker: Open Studios, Oct.18, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, Kenneth Baker: “Suzy Barnard: Ships at Bay”, Feb.15, 2009
Marine Money Magazine, “Encore 2008” DVD cover, December 2008
Plastic Antimony, Issue 2, "Photo essay: Artspan Open Studios", Spring 2008
Marine Money Magazine, cover, August 2007
Diablo Magazine, Datebook, “Bright Lights, Big Triptych”, July 1988
Artweek, May 1985


Federal Maritime Commission
San Francisco Arts Commission
City of Lafayette

Recent Exhibits

Suzy Barnard participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2016 One Plus One
Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Nov, 2014 There Is a There There
Gray Loft Gallery
Oct, 2014 SF ArtSpan Open Studios
Noonan Bldg., Pier 70, San Francisco, CA.
Jun, 2013 Lure: Bay Area Artists Explore the Sea
SFMOMA Artists Gallery
Apr, 2013 ArtSpan Juried Benefit Art Auction
SOMArts Cultural Center
Mar, 2013 The Big Painting Show - Layers of Abstraction
Gray Loft Gallery
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