Robert Barnes

The Philosopher’s Forest, 2017

oil on canvas

91 x 122 cm

From the artist

We are held by the mystery of the dark bark midst the threads of colour and are asked to think about whether painting should have an implied meaning or whether it should be wordless and purely a heartfelt response. Does the painter allow the oil colour, vital and alive, to speak for itself or intuitively? Is everything we have thought and experienced in every stroke? Like life itself we ask, what lies in the distance?

Artist background

Born Brisbane 1947 where he lives and works. Exhibiting since 1960s in Australian, New Zealand, UK and Europe including survey show at Newcastel Regional Gallery 2000 & solo at QVMAG 2007.  Finalist in Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2001 & Bay of Fires Art Prize 2014 and People's Choice Award winner at Mosman Art Prize 1993. Included in collections of Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery; QVMAG and other regional galleries throughout Australia.