Tear Lady - Oil Print on Canvas - 0.750m x 0.750m
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.
His oeuvre is however in terms of application reminiscent of certain parallels relative to (20th century) French Fauvist and German Expressionist School. In contrast to the latter art movement Barnard's imagery encompasses a far greater state of 'Joeie de Vivre' as opposed to 'Angst' ridden visual distortion in his overall technical execution.
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.