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Texture and Materiality: Art by Barry Scanlan

A painting of a young woman in a blue jacketBlue Jacket

Barry Scanlan began painting prolifically in response to the stresses of working as a trauma response coordinator. Since then, the artist has been developing his practice using a variety of painted media to create loose, thick paintings with a heavy sense of texture and materiality.

A painting of a farmhouse with silhouetted whales in the skyWhale Farm

I like the way Barry’s style seems to fluctuate, depending on the subject matter. In some cases, particularly human figures, objects and individuals are rendered in flat planes of color with heavy, black outlines. In other paintings, lose brushstrokes blend a variety of hues and tones to create dynamic landscapes or buildings.


A screen capture of Barry Scanlan's art websiteThe front page of Barry's website


Barry’s Existentia series is incredibly varied in subject matter and style. Whether the artist is painting a tongue-in-cheek self-portrait, an abstracted image of floral or plant forms, or playing with art historical references, the sense of exploration is clear in this gallery. The works in this gallery seem to represent a very personal side of Barry’s practice, showcasing raw experimentation with varied media. 


A painting of two cats in a busy living roomTwo Cats

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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