Born, Sydney Australia.
A graduate student of the world-renowned East Sydney Art School, Barbara Tyson studied art specialising in life drawing, anatomy, mixed medium and watercolours before going on to graduate in Graphic Design. Barbara began work as an artist illustrator and her talents were quickly noticed and whilst still in her twenties was appointed Artistic Director for a stable of Australia’s most prestigious magazines.
Barbara travelled and painted throughout Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom and completed a multitude of watercolour works borrowing techniques and being influenced by a number of artists, but in particular Turner and Monet. In 1981 Barbara’s newly inspired works won first prize at two art exhibitions in Whitlesea and her life as an artist began.
Further studies with renowned water colourist Alvaro Castagnet gave her newfound freedom of expression and boldness. This led to studying the textures and depths of oils where she embraced portraiture and still life, emphasizing the play of light. Barbara continued her studies with many artists including creative painting with David Hill and portraiture with Archibald Prize winner, Reg Cambell at the Mitchell School of Creative Arts at Charles Sturt University. Capturing the essence of a person was one of her most satisfying achievements. Barbara says, "Seeing your subject emerge from the painting is amazing. A point arrives when touching the canvass is like touching their soul."
When Barbara met Italian artist Roberto Coppa he had the most significant impact on her art. He took her skills to a new level. This embraced styles from the old masters, impressionism, realism, abstractionism and their associated techniques. Painting became a reflection of her own life experiences and Barbara no longer painted from her head but from her heart!
Barbara has developed her own style, using varnishes to create a rich depth on the canvas - combining transparent colours with opaque, thick paint with thin, bold confident brush strokes with finely detailed realism, thick textures with smooth softness . . . all the contrasts that life brings to us . . . on the canvas. These techniques combine in expressing freedom, whether it be in communication, dress, lifestyle, emotions, work or relationships. Barbara loves movement, be it dancing music, sport, or the elements in landscapes. The common themes through all of her art are controlled freedom and movement. Barbara’s paintings stimulate the imagination, so that you become the artist. She creates a brush stroke; your mind fills in the gaps.
Barbara has captured the essence of people in many portraits, entering the Doug Moran and Archibald, and receiving many commissions over the years. Barbara’s 2003 Archibald entry, a portrait of radio personality and comedian Tracy Bartram, received excellent reviews from Australia’s press acclaiming her style and technique. Barbara has regular, highly successful exhibitions within Australia and her paintings have found appeal with many collectors and can be found hanging in England, France, Spain, Italy, United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand and Australia.
Recent Exhibitions Include:
Joint Exhibition, "Colourful, Evocative and Passionate Paintings" at Chapel off Chapel - Prahran, 1999
Duel Exhibition "Spirited Heartlands & Movement" Richmond Gallery, November 2002,
"Recent Works" Richmond Gallery, Richmond, July 2003
Hung in the "Salon des Refus’s", Montslavate, November 2003
Solo Exhibition, "The Freedom Movement", Art Associates Australia- Gardner Contemporary Art, Hawthorn, July 2004
Represented in "The affordable Art Show" Melbourne with Art Associates Australia, April 2004
Solo Exhibition, "Recent Works", Suburban 312 Gallery, December 2004
"The affordable Art Show" Melbourne with Suburban 312 Gallery, March 2005
Solo Exhibition, "Recent Works", Private Gallery Toorak, March 2005
"The Sydney Art Show" with Suburban 312 Gallery, September 2005
"The affordable Art Show" Melbourne with Suburban 312 Gallery, March 2007
Solo Exhibition, "Recent Works", Balwyn Cafe Gallery, April 2007
"The Sydney Art Show" with Suburban 312 Gallery, April 2007
Exhibition, "The Art of Romance" South Yarra Art House, July 2007
Her work is on continuous exhibition in,
Suburban 312 Gallery, New Street Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.
Tusk Gallery,438 Chapel Street South Yarra, Melbourne.
The Framer’s Gallery 574 Burwood Road Hawthorn
The Framer’s Gallery 280 Stephensons Road Mount Waverley, Melbourne.