Anna Barriball

Born 1972 Plymouth, Anna Barriball lives and works in London. Graduated from Foundation Studies at Falmouth School of Art (1992); BA (Hons) Fine Art from Winchester School of Art (1995); and MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art (2000).

Barriball’s work seeks to pin down the fleeting and reveal something unseen. Her intensely haptic sculptural drawings develop alongside moving image works that evolve from spontaneous discoveries and the channelling of natural forces. The works meditate on the relationship between proximity and distance, and explore the subjectivities of experience, memory, and impression.

Moving across different mediums Barriball demonstrates how the aesthetics of everyday life can be reimagined or transformed in unexpected ways. Her work investigates what lies beyond the surface, often working at the boundary between interior and exterior, she combines the real with the felt or sensed. Recently referencing the language of colouring techniques from early cinema, employed to indicate the time of day or emphasise atmosphere, Barriball’s work continues to reflect her enduring interest in temporality across still and time-based mediums.

Her works are held in public and private collections including The Arts Council Collection, London; The British Council Collection, London; The United Kingdom Government Art Collection; Herning Museum; Tate Collection, London; UBS Art Collection, London; and RISD Museum, Rhode Island. 

Selected solo exhibitions include Anna Barriball and Dirk Braeckman, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2020); Fade, Frith Street Gallery, London (2019); Anna Barriball, Art Centre Pasquart, Biel/Bienne (2018); Anna Barriball & Hannelore van Dijck, Be-Part, Waregem (2017); New Works, Frith Street Gallery, London (2016); Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen (2013); and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2012). Selected group exhibitions include Real Time, online exhibition, Seventeen Gallery, London (2020); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art, London (2019); On Paper, Arts Council Collection Exhibition touring the UK (2019); Find your world in ours, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2018); Drawing Now, Albertina Museums, Vienna (2015); Drawing: The Bottom Line, S.M.A.C.K., Gent (2015); Drawing: Sculpture, The Drawing Room, London and touring to Leeds Art Gallery (2013); and Slow Looking: Contemporary Drawing, Tate Britain, London (2012).

Last updated: 06.05.2021


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