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I am enjoying being in Instagram my address is jeanettebarnesart if anyone feels like having a look.

Just had an article published by It’s Nice that  http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/jeanette-barnes-charcoal-architecture-drawings-051016

Jeanette Barnes captures the evolving shape of the city in her charcoal drawings

Rebuilding Ground Zero from PATH Station Entrance - 2010-11 150 x 214cms Compressed charcoal       Metropolis 70 x 50 cms framed       Battersea Power Station 150 x 204cms Compressed charcoal

Artist Jeanette Barnes creates large charcoal drawings of cities, capturing the energy and savage nature of construction and change in her work. London-based Jeanette is currently artist-in-residence at Clifford Chance in Canary Wharf and has been sketching the construction of the Wood Wharf cross rail station. “I use compressed charcoal or charcoal for my large drawings, pencils for my sketches I do on location and printing ink for my monotypes,” says Jeanette. “Funnily, I don’t see my work as a conscious absence of colour, it’s all just marks, I do use some colour in my prints sometimes but it’s very monochromatic.”

Her large-scale works depict the bustle of the streets and traffic, the movement of cranes sweeping across the sky and the mystifying process of buildings being assembled. ”The large size is important as I want to be a part of the space and energy of the city, immersed in the paper so it’s a total involvement of being in that space, hopefully for the viewer as well,” says Jeanette. The dark marks merge into each other to create tonal landscapes that communicate the vitality of the city as it transforms itself minute by minute, day by day. “I’m inspired by the likes of Franz Kline, De Kooning and Auerbach,” explains Jeanette. “They all have this total involvement in scrabbling after something beneath the surface and a fantastic rhythm in their marks.”

Jeanette’s will exhibit her works in a new exhibition Sense of Place at Radley College, Oxford, 7 – 21 October 2016.

 

My large commissioned drawing of Radley Chapel was unveiled at my solo show Sense of Place, fortunately to very positive feedback – phew!

radley-chapel

I am having two Solo Shows URBAN CONNECTIONS 26th Sept – 10th Feb at the Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EW By appointment only, please contact me.

Old Street Roundabout - Traffic - Monoprint 50 x 68cms Framed                       Battersea - Cranes - Monoprint 50 x 70cms Framed

And SENSE OF PLACE , Sewell Centre Radley College Oxford, Abingdon OX14 2HR 7th – 21st October, daily 10-5pm  01235 543 039  pv 6th October 6-8pm  Amongst other works I will be exhibiting my large commissioned drawing of Radley Chapel

 

I have a short time lapse video on you tube of me sketching and photographing areas around London, capturing the energy and the speed of the city

 

I’m very happy to say that I will be exhibiting drawings and prints at the Art16 London Art Fair, Olympia from May 20th – 22nd with the Anise Gallery, Stand C3 with artists Alex Evans and Thomas Gorst.

 

Kings Cross Interior - 2015-16 150 x 200cms Conte crayon       5. Metroplis I

In January I was amongst a group of artists to be invited by the Royal Drawing School, where I am a tutor, to exhibit  at Christies in New York. I submitted my large drawing of Concourse – Grand Central Station, New York.  I would have loved to have personally gone out to see the show, but it was on when there were terrible snow storms which closed all the airports, so am quite glad I didn’t attempt it.

Grand Central Concourse - 2007 150 x 203cms Charcoal

Between November and December 2015 I had a solo show at the Anise Gallery in Shad Thames called Tide & Time with work specifically related to rivers, the Thames and also the Walbrook, a hidden river that flowed into the Thames in ancient times. Over the past eighteen months I have become fascinated with artifacts found on the Thames foreshore and have begun incorporating the finds into artworks . The show included a  combination of drawings, monoprints, collages and found objects.

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Between March and April 2015 I had a solo show Site Specific at the Eleven Spitalfields Gallery in London. A combination of large drawings, sketches and etchings. The gallery, a beautiful Tardis of a space,  allowed me to include  six of my large drawings.

New Bridge Shoreditch High Street - 2008-09 151 x 200cms compressed charcoal   Completed Shard and construction at London Bridge Quarter - 2013 224 x 151cms Compressed charcoal Site Specific Exhibition - Eleven Spitalfields Gallery April 2015

I was invited to take part in a print exhibition at the Brentwood Road in Romford as part of a celebration of Women’s art, ‘More than a Woman’ I have been increasingly interested in working in monoprint and it allowed me to include some of my more experimental work. Included was a  piece of work made about Annie Beasant and the Matchgirls strike, the mouth in the middle of the work is a phossy jaw, the terrible industrial disease the women used to get from the phosphorous on the matches. Along with a couple of urban prints I  included  an image of an ancient Egyptian heads I saw in the British Museum, fascinating stuff.

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