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Kaleidoscopic Colour: Art by Peter Barron

An abstract painting with numerous coloured forms overlappingHead

Painter and printmaker Peter Barron creates artworks that are equally impactful in black and white, and in kaleidoscopic colour. The artist uses a similarly gestural, painterly approach in his abstractions and in his figure drawings and prints.

A painting of an orange rock emerging from waterOrange Rock, oil


Where in our previous feature of Peter’s artworks we looked at his textural, celebratory abstracts, I’m also quite impressed by the artist’s approach to figures. The artist doesn’t shy away from depicting the wrinkles, folds, and curves of the natural human body, and rather tends to emphasize these features, giving his figurative artworks an almost topographical appearance.

A screen capture of the front page of Peter Barron's art


In his Visages 2013 series of woodcut prints, for example, the artist seems to leave no facial detail behind. In the hard, black outlines characteristic of the medium, these Visages take on an almost grotesque appearance, leading the viewer to follow each line, examining the image from an abstract and formal standpoint.

A woodcut print depicting a very detailed black and white faceUntitled 2, print

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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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