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DANIEL BARKLEY

  
  
  
  

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Montreal in 1962, Daniel Barkley holds a Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University. His many solo and group exhibitions include shows across Canada and the United States (Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, New York, Santa-Fe, San Francisco, Mexico City...). In 2004, the Musée des arts contemporain des Laurentides hosted a retrospective of his works, and in 2007, University of Toronto's Justina M. Barnicke Gallery assembled and presented a collection of works defining his career to date. Recently, Barkley was short-listed for the Kingston Prize, Canada’s portrait competition; his watercolours have also won top prizes at national competitions, including the Canadian Society of Painters Watercolour’s A.J. Casson Medal 2002 and 2012.


EDUCATION

1994
Masters of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montréal
1990
Bachelors of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Specialization in film production, Montréal

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT

The human figure features prominently in Barkley’s works and, although they may be viewed as portraits, Barkley’s paintings also allude to myths, legends and to the history of art. The tension between the intimate portrait and the theatrical presentation of stories that present “truths” about the human condition is a principal characteristic of his work. His figures offer the viewer a singular glimpse into a universe in which real people and fictional characters co-exist.
“I create my paintings as narratives. Sometimes the narrative is clear, the action direct, an interpretation can be made easily. In other paintings the story and it’s meaning is not always discernable and the interpretation is left open. I see the people in my paintings as characters within these narratives. A character that begins his story in one painting may find a denouement in a later piece. As a result of my attempts to streamline the narrative, to rid the painting of extraneous elements, the actors often appear nude. Clothes denote social class, profession, period, gender, age, etc. By eliminating them, paring down the mise-en-scene, the interpretation of the narrative is broadened to hopefully include the viewer’s own speculations.”


AWARDS

A.J. Casson Medal, Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, 2012
Short list of The Kingston Prize: Canada’s Portrait Competition, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Ontario, Maison des Art Desjardins, Drummondville Quebec, 2011
Dorothy Corson Award, Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, 2009
First Prize, Society of Canadian Artists, 2002
Curry/Windsor-Newton Award, Canadian Society Of Painters in Watercolour, 2001
A. J. Casson Medal, Canadian Society Of Painters in Watercolour, 2000

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Oeuvres recentes, Galerie Dominique Bouffard, Montréal, 2012
Weiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, 2011
Oeuvres recentes, Galerie Dominique Bouffard, Montréal, 2010
New Works, O’Connor Gallery, Toronto, 2009
Weiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, 2008
New paintings by Daniel Barkley, O’Connor Gallery, Toronto, 2007
Selected Works by Daniel Barkley, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto, Toronto, 2007
Galerie Harwood, Hudson, Québec, 2005
O’Connor Gallery, Toronto, 2005
Le Nu mis en scène, Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, St-Jérome, Québec, 2004
Galerie Berensen, Montréal, 2003
Daniel Barkley, new works on canvas and paper, O’Connor Gallery, Toronto, 2002
Daniel Barkley, new works on canvas and paper, O’Connor Gallery, Toronto, 2001
Daniel Barkley, oils and watercolours, O’Connor Gallery, Toronto, 2000
Daniel Barkley, peintures, Galerie Parcours, Montréal, 2000
The Sacred and the Secular, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto, Toronto, 1994

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Available Work


Daniel Barkley, American Golden Boy, III
American Golden Boy III
water color on paper, 30 x 22
sold
Daniel Barkley, American Golden Boy, I
American Golden Boy I
water color on paper, 30 x 22
sold
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