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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artist is painting a tongue-in-cheek self-portrait, an abstracted image of floral or plant forms, or playing with art historical references, the sense of exploration is clear in this gallery.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. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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