Bunker brings African Beauty alive
STARTING Thursday local artist Richy Barber's paintings of the landscape and people of Africa are receiving a first-ever showing in Coffs Harbour at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery.
Only recently arrived in the city from Scotts Head, Mr Barber is making a mark already with 'African Beauty', an exhibition of works from a recent holiday.
Bunker Gallery director/curator Dr Leigh Summers said the vibrancy of the colours in Mr Barber's work are outstanding.
"The artist was captivated by the rich colours of Africa and he has been working on bringing his memories of the landscape and the people, to his original designs, in acrylic paint on canvas," Dr Summers said.
"Richy has a keen eye for detail and renders human and animal forms with impressive realism.
"He was largely self-taught until 10 years ago, when he studied Visual Arts at TAFE.
"Since then he has been mentored by wildlife painter Gordon Alley from Scotts Head.
"His portraits tell a story in a painted 'patchwork' of landscape, foliage and fauna, which together reveal the subject and their origins."
Also included in the exhibition, are scenes from India and Papua New Guinea and portraits of Thai and Tibetan subjects.
All of the paintings are available for sale, as well as some large reproduction prints.
'African Beauty' opens tomorrow and the show continues until Saturday, August 18.