Welcome to Laurens Barnard art (LAUBAR), Artist / Filmmaker
Laurens has a quiet and unassuming outward manner. He is an artist that belies in an active creative life that has of late come full circle.
Laurens colourful imagery is there to be spontaneously relished in terms of a beckoning conceptual free flow. Such, is the core essence unique to the radiant allure inherent in the artistry of Laurens Barnard
A Brief Profile
The quiet near unassuming outward manner of artist Laurens Barnard belies an active creative life that has of late come full circle. Born in 1957, Barnard has been aware of his artistic vocation since boyhood. At the Pretoria based Hendrik Verwoerd High School, his art master Mr Potgieter gave the initial impetus by awarding him 100% for a project in exchange for acquiring the selfsame work. This early accomplishment sparked off Barnard's frenetic career as local visual arts practitioner.
- Having traversed full circle by returning to his original love of painting, Laurens Barnard draws inspiration from a specific visual flow peculiar to the art of filmmaking. Closer observation of his approach to paint application on canvas, revealingly expresses a characteristic flow not necessarily encountered in the imagery of other painters, present or past.
- Despite an emphasis on humour, closer observation does reveal an underlying concern with the lesser apparent ambiguities of gender related issues, eg. half-moustached half bearded human males appearing with calculated regularity in his work. On a deeper psycho-social level these labile male depictions may be representative of the (currently debated) systematic disintegration of our long established feminine phobic patriarchal culture.
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Laurens Barnard - Laubar Art