After graduating from the Central School of Art and Design in 1966 with an honours degree in Fine Art, Roger Barnard exhibited in a number of group exhibitions, including the 1966 and 1968 New Generation shows at the Whitechapel Galllery, London. A developing interest in Japanese art, especially woodblock printing, led him in 1975 to Japan, where he has lived ever since.
Not surprisingly, his work has undergone a number of changes during the past 50 years, and now fluctuates quite happily between abstraction and representation. However, one aspect has remained constant: a fascination with the power of colour.
In October 2014, Roger had a one-man show of recent paintings at Gallery 58, Ginza, Tokyo. An early painting, 'Towards', will be included in 'Imagining a University', which opens at the end of April 2015 at the Mead Gallery, Warwick University.
Barnard is a true colourist: that is to say, his colour is not decorative, but a means of suggesting a complex experience of space: it is rich, structural, and entirely personal.
Barnard's characteristic use of strong, warm colour, with which he constructs his singular vision, is exceptional. His colour is sensual and at the same time rational in that it brings order to indefinite form.