Thursday, 20 August 2015

BarringtonArts; An invite to my new exhibition event

Dear friends and supporters,
It's certainly been hectic times since last summer, with many new works created and lots of side-projects initiated. You can always find my latest news on the BarringtonArts Facebook or Twitter platforms, so I recommend you hook up with me there. For this post though, I'd like to invite you to an event of free booze, food and social networking - oh, and my newest works...

"FEMALES volume II (with love and in death)" by Phil Barrington
Opening Event; Friday August 28th - 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

You (plus guests) are invited to the private viewing event of my latest series of fine art mixed-media photography - held at the stylish first-floor Hamburg Gallery in the historic Hanse House complex on the South Quay riverside of King’s Lynn.

My newest series is a set of affordably-priced bold mood prints that continue to concentrate on the female form in a variety of different situations, all featured characters expressing a range of emotions within a world of constant turmoil. From a parisian boudoir to the fields of wartime England, from foggy lands of dead trees to a mournful post-Raj India, this new selection of FEMALES ultimately reflects the dark side of our society which continuously attacks the vulnerable and innocent, depicting a wounded world view of murderous revenge, despair and slavery (with a dash of hope and dark humour).

There are rare gifts to give away to three lucky attendees at the event, with complimentary wine, food, music and more throughout the evening to make the experience very special indeed.

Hamburg Gallery (1st Floor)
8 Hanse House
South Quay
King's Lynn PE30 5GN

After this Private Viewing Event on Friday 28th August my exhibition runs for the majority of September, in two distinct phases;

Saturday 29th August – Wednesday 9th September
“Moon” Phase; spotlight lighting and ambient soundtrack against a dark gallery space.

Thursday 17th September – Saturday 26th September
“Sun” Phase; natural lighting of a quiet sunlit gallery.

Manned; 10am - 4pm, not open Sundays and Mondays.

It would be really great to see you there.

Best wishes and Good Karma,

Phil Barrington

See here for more details about the exhibition and venue;

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Destruction of the Innocent (And Where It Got Us)

"The Destruction of the Innocent (And Where It Got Us)"   24"x18".
Phil Barrington, 2015. Giclée print from colourised transparency.

"Child poverty showed the biggest increase, with 300,000 youngsters moving into hardship, reversing a fall in the headline figure recorded in the coalition’s first year. NPI estimates 29% of UK children are in poverty after housing costs.

The study challenges Tory claims that child poverty has been reduced by 300,000 on the coalition’s watch. While that figure is officially correct, NPI says, the data on which it is based only applies to the three years between 2009 and 2012.

“The clear conclusion is that poverty in the UK is rising among all age groups,” the NPI’s research director, Tom MacInnes, told the Guardian. “The trajectory over the second half of the coalition’s term has been a bad one. The next government will be dealing with worsening, deepening poverty.”

NPI undertook the study after the government refused to bring forward the publication of official data which would have shown the impact on poverty figures of the major welfare reforms introduced in 2013, and enabled the coalition’s record to be properly scrutinised before the election.

Alison Garnham, chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group charity said: “This important analysis shows the weakness of the claim being put about by ministers that they have got child poverty down despite making wide-ranging and deep cuts to benefits and tax credits.”

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Berthilda with Shrunken Head Necklace; Phoenix [I]

"Berthilda with Shrunken Head Necklace; Phoenix [I]", 24"x18".
Phil Barrington, 2014.Giclée print from transparency with paint.

“Up then, fair phoenix bride, frustrate the sun; Thyself from thine affection. Takest warmth enough, and from thine eye, All lesser birds will take their jollity. Up, up, fair bride, and call Thy stars from out their several boxes, take Thy rubies, pearls, and diamonds forth, and make Thyself a constellation of them all; And by their blazing signify That a great princess falls, but doth not die. Be thou a new star, that to us portends Ends of much wonder; and be thou those ends.” John Donne.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Frances; Perpetual Self-Mastectomy [I]

"Frances; Perpetual Self-Mastectomy [I]", 20"x15". Phil Barrington, 2015. Giclée print.

"M. Dubois placed me upon the Mattress, & spread a cambric handkerchief upon my face. It was transparent, however, & I saw, through it, that the Bedstead was instantly surrounded by the 7 men & my nurse. I refused to be held; but when, Bright through the cambric, I saw the glitter of polished Steel – I closed my Eyes. I would not trust to convulsive fear the sight of the terrible incision. Yet - when the dreadful steel was plunged into the breast – cutting through veins – arteries – flesh – nerves – I needed no injunctions not to restrain my cries. I began a scream that lasted unintermittingly during the whole time of the incision – & I almost marvel that it rings not in my Ears still?" Frances Burney.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

"Britannia; Nationalism as a Urine-Soaked Rag"

"Britannia; Nationalism as a Urine-Soaked Rag"
15"x20". Phil Barrington, 2014. Giclée print from Colour Transparency with dyes & debris. Edition of 3.

Thank you England, for your hollow totems and pointless turfwars.
Thank you for The Daily Mail - with their falsified loathing of difference and of change.
Thank you for the tweeting bigots and instahate reactionary-drooling toddlers.
And thank you for all the divisions you've strived between the destitute and the have-somes, handsome.

Thank you England, for the loss of innocence and your dark momentary replacements.
Thank you for the Big Fail - with our falsified ambitions and food banks - the only banks the poor can shelter within.
Thank you for a Candy Crush-coloured obscuring of pain and desolation; of the fatal old, abused young and desperate middle-aged.
And thank you for the trappings of a "Christian Country", where humble empiricists are shunned by monstrous zionists.

Thank you England, for the ever-decreasing circles of rationality, fracked open by blonde-haired jellyfish from central city.
Thank you for the bankers on bail - with their terminal grins and loose change thrown to the gutter.
Thank you for breeding the Sweating Alpha Necks, with their flag-waving beaten wives and empty gurns on the shit-cobbled streets of provincia.
And thank you for the reliably-enforced distrust of all authority and resulting inertia of your electorate, ensuring that your populace will never discover a new governing system.

Thank you England. Keep Calm and Die a Bankrupt Death.  It's what they were elected to do.

Phil Barrington. May 2015.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

"Beatrix; Industrial Dream No. 2"

"Beatrix; Industrial Dream No. 2" 24"x18". Phil Barrington, 2015.
Archival print from transparency. Edition of 3.

“And hoops, like rings aflame set to jump through for a world fit for someone else. The cold harsh feel of steel on skin, the unloved touch of an industry used to deprave all mankind of its creativity and cast us out as a soldier of fortune. Working to build an empire of dirt until the grave of another unknown warrior lays dead and buried amongst the masses of a billion unknowns before him.” Morris R. Gates.

Friday, 10 July 2015

BUST comic - Issue #1

After a portrait of myself drawn by the highly skilled artist and old pen-friend Chris O'Toole last year, I now feature in a menacing role within the first issue of his comic "BUST", written by Dave Cook.

It's a fantastic read, with lots of the old ultraviolence, explicit gore, mutants and vicious hand-to-hand combat in a barren post-apocalyptic land of conflict and despair. A bit like tory Britain but with added swordplay.

Highly recommended - get your copy here;

And see here;