Chelsea Cafe Project #5: Halfway House by Jamie Barbor

The latest in our Chelsea Cafe Project series is a quartet of paintings by Jamie Barbor entitled Halfway House: Four Paintings

Artist statement

‘The abstraction of form and figurative hints within my work span an interdisciplinary practice bringing together an interest in adult playfulness in the making of art and the more traditional modes of language. The works focuses on tonal sensibilities driven by themes such as physiognomy, allegory and the interpretations of identity, which manifest through different conventions of communication.

‘My research is engaged with looking at the relevance of the object in formal painting as opposed to the importance of process. The main concern is the identification of when the works begin to straddle the boundary between statement and formal language and what happens to the work when it exist within this realm. Where art is identified first and foremost as a vehicle to foster communication, could dialogue be treated as process to be valued over and above the production of the final object.’


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About the Artist

Jamie Barbor lives and works in London and is a current student on MA Fine Art at Chelsea.

Recent Exhibitions include:

Honeymoon, Royal College of Art/ Chelsea College of Art painting exhibition, Triangle Space, Millbank, London, 2013.
Hierarchy of Genre, Group show, Chelsea College of Art, London, 2013.
To Boldly Go, Group Show, Cookhouse Gallery, Millbank, London, 2013.
Group Show, South London Gallery, London, 2012.
Round Chapel Salon, Hackney London, 2012.
The Printmakers, Group Show Hester Gallery, Leeds, 2011.
Response, Duckett and Jefferies, Malton, November 2011.
Recent Monotypes, Christopher P Wood and Jamie Barbor, Bar Lane Studios York, 2010.
Solo Show, ArtSpace York, 2010.
Leeds Open Show, Leeds City Gallery, 2010.
York Open Show, Bar Lane Studios York, 2010.
Seven Up, Group Show, Space 109, York, 2010.

About the project 

The Cafe Project is a series of displays of work by students and staff from Chelsea College of Art and Design.  These changing displays are a chance to see some of the talent here at Chelsea from across a diverse range of disciplines.  The series is curated in collaboration with CHELSEA space (opposite) as part of the Public Programme.

For more information please contact or in person at CHELSEA space.