John Barrow

Solace (Oil on canvas, 95 x 80 cm)

Solace (Oil on canvas, 95 x 80 cm)

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Artist's Statement

This work is about being in a state of mind where one’s familiar perceptions and references are abandoned, producing melancholia. The waves in the background are a metaphor for life’s continuous trials and challenges that we should encounter openly and bravely. The number and depth of waves we pass through is a measure of age. The distant mountains echo the young man’s ‘out of body’ reality. The work is also a commentary on tenderness and care between men.

Artist's Biography

Born: Cape Town, 1963. Lives and works in Cape Town. Received his BA in Architectural Studies from the University of Cape Town and his MA in Architecture from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.