Meredith Barry is a Canadian Painter and Printmaker who's artistic
career spans more three decades. Her works focuses on depicting
the Canadian environment from many perspectives, and through it
she has been a cultural ambassador by bringing her vibrant images
to national and international audiences. Additionally, she has been
active in supporting the visual arts from coast-to-coast through
her active role in local, regional and national educational organizations.
Over the last three decades she has focused her instructional activities
toward many of the more remote parts of the country through various
arts council and public gallery programmes.
Meredith Barry lives in the coastal community of St. Michael's Newfoundland.
She was born in Toronto and graduated in 1954 from the Ontario College
of Art. In addition to living in Toronto she lived and worked in
Boston and Montreal before establishing residence in Newfoundland
in 1987. Since the late 1960's her work has been presented in more
than 120 solo and group exhibitions across Canada and in Ireland,
Japan, Taiwan, England, Spain, Brazil and the USA. During this period
her work has been acquired by many major public art collections
both here and abroad including the Governor General of Canada's
collection, The Canadian Collection, The Department of External
Affairs collection for the Canadian Embassy in Chile and the Lt.
Governor of Newfoundland's collection in St. John's.
has been an active supporter of Canadian visual arts organizations
and in this regards has chaired and/or served on the boards or committees
of more than fifteen national and regional arts organizations including
The Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. Michael's Printshop,
Devon House Gallery, Open Studio, Visual Arts Ontario, The Print
and Drawing Council of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Royal
Canadian Academy. In 1997 Barry was awarded an Honorary Doctor of
Letters Degree by Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 1999 one
of Barry's paintings was selected for presentation to Premier Tobin
to commemorate Newfoundland's fifty years in confederation.
My home and studio
are situated in St. Michael's. This is a small Newfoundland outport,
perched at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, a half-hour drive south
of St. John's.
Here, I live
surrounded by an environment which is characterized by constant
turbulent coastal weather, for dramatically different
seasons, and the endless rhythmic migration of iceberg, whales,
seabirds and sea creatures. Behind my studio the high cliffs, freshwater
ponds and evergreen forests, are home to the land-based animals
and birds. My neighbors and I inhabit the space between these worlds,
aware of, and affected by both.
outside my windows is both in harmony and conflict. Created as the
earth's plates moved, the marks of geological time are also part
of this Island. It is important fore to know that eons ago the land
where I live was part of Africa, that there are sections of the
Island that originated in the Appalachian Mountains, other places
that rose up from the sea when the glacier melted, tablelands that
have been stacked with rocks from beneath the earth's crust, and
mountains that were marked by volcanoes. Each of these diversified
environments supports its own unique habitat of weather, flora,
fauna. As I work in my studio, this ever-changing kaleidoscope of
patterns and times is in my mind.