Monday, November 13, 2006

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Where We're @ exhibition at tactile bosch artspace Llandaff north Cardiff

Where We're @ exhibition at tactile bosch artspace Llandaff north Cardiff featuring:

Jo Berry, James Charlton, Barrie J Davies, Bryce Davies, Nathan Ford, Simon Griffiths, Athena Ioannidou, Andy Fung, Lindsey Leven, Alan Rees-Baynes, Philippa Robbins, Alun Rosser, Shayne Sawyer, Hannah Truran, Brian Watkins, Rosie Edwards, Tom Goddard, Becky Hardy, Faya Lloyd, Jayne Madox, Sian Williams, Becky Witmore.

Preview friday 17th nov 2006 7pm


Unlike the ocean that we know as the internet, where communication is as deep or as shallow as you wish to delve, and the limits are there are no limits, Where We're @ has come about from no chat room or long range email, rather several meetings face to face. We are not trying to deny the worth of the internet, but all the artists involved in this show do have one connection. That connection is the Kings Road Artist's Studio. Within this building all the networking for this show and each artist has a link to Kings Road. This closeness does mean that most of the artists are aware of each others work on an intimate level. The work chosen by each artist will be a recent piece that they are currently working on, hence Where We're @, but although so far there has been a reluctance to acknowledge the internet superhighway, each artist will be represented by their email address taking this intimate beginning on towards its next stage into the many increasing lanes of that highway.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

David Charles Williams Artist of the week

This weeks artist of the week as nominated by Barrie J Davies
is
David charles williams
you can check out more of his work at

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Barrie J Davies feed back survey form about filling in stupid forms

“The Barrie J Davies feed back survey form about filling in stupid forms that have no meaning and will have no relevance if you make the answers up or not, but you fill them in anyway”

1. Name (made up one):

2. You live in a:

3. Name two Things that make you laugh:

4. Name five things that you keep in your pockets:

5. Describe what did you dreamt about last night?:

6. Name your favourite Artist:

7. Do you like chips?

8. If you found a pound coin would you keep it?

9. Pepsi or Coca Cola?

10. Are you telling the truth?

11. Why are you filling this form in?

12. Would you consider yourself an artist?

13. Do you have an I.Q of 100 or over?

14. Are you trying to give up smoking?

15. Are you In Love?

16. Boyzone or Take That ?

17. Have you ever owned a hamster and what was its name?

18. Do you stand on the cracks on the Pavement?

19. Do you consider yourself to be happy Person?

20. Do you make a good cup of tea?

21. Can you bothered to fill in any more answers?

22. Did you watch any television last night?


Thank you for filling in this form

All answers will have no relevance what so ever on the future of the universe as this has been a complete waste of your time, but did you enjoy it ?

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

a review of the artwork of Barrie J Davies by Richard Higlett

Every artist was first an amateur’ When I look at the work of Barrie J. Davies, I am reminded of this quote by the American author and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (*1). The word amateur has attracted a stigma in modern society and I need to stress this reference is not a criticism of his practise. Experience has lead me to release the better you are at something the less you are able to do it. For example, say you are good at metal fabrication, over time you maybe promoted to a management position or if you are a sculpture the work becomes bigger or your workload increases so you need to employ staff, all taking you further from what you are best at as you enter the realm of the professional. (Here I would argue not because you are good just more efficient, this is something was can discuss another day…..) Barrie J. Davies is autonomous. His spontaneous graphic style is from the land of the biro, marker pen and correction fluid. It resists the pull of the computer and the homogenisation that accompanies it use. He operates as social observer, creating works that convey a sense that he is continuously analysing the relationship with the written word and the image as a form of visual device, while interpreting his immediate, city environment. Like all artists, to a greater or lesser extent, his work is a reflection of his personally. When he makes a statement such as ‘ Barrie J. Davies is an artist’ it can also be read like a question, while not a statement attempting to justify his worth as an artist or as a statement of ego. Like the perennial ‘is it art?’ phrase, it has no definitive response. This potential for a conceptual reading to his work is balanced by an aesthetic which could currently be referred to as ‘low-fi’ but it is not the result of a pre-determined intention to make work from everyday, common place materials but more a result of what is to hand and resonant to his working environment. Like the amateur he remains very close to his work, a singular voice remaining with what he is best at, producing work in many mediums that is humorous, essentially optimistic, an extension of the self and the way only he sees it. Ref: (1). From Letters and Social Aims: Progress of Culture, 1876 by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) Richard Higlett 7th August 2006

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Barrie J Davies at the Fold Gallery kirkby stephen Cumbia 5th - 27th Aug 2005

Barrie J Davies at the Fold Gallery kirkby stephen Cumbia 5th - 27th Aug 2005

Barrie J Davies is an Artist

A one-man show by Cardiff artist Barrie J Davies.

Rather than pigeonhole himself as a painter, sculptor, interventionist, illusionist, binge drinker, or conceptualist, Barrie J Davies is an Artist. Barrie takes the logical approach that as an artist everything he does, by default, must be art. Taking mundane objects like post-it notes or piles of coins he transforms them into works of art, mostly by saying they are.
In his first solo show outside of his hometown, this exhibition takes a light-hearted look at the everyday object. His “Sculpture to fit a gap between the floor and the ceiling” is essentially a pile of empty beer from the floor to the ceiling. ‘Bad painting’ and ‘Unlimited Edition Print’ are in fact, just that.
‘Rejected’ on the other hand is an impressive work in progress – a file of rejection letters from the worlds’ greatest art establishments: The Tate Gallery, Charles Saatchi, the Guggenheim. They’re all there. In rejecting Barrie’s proposals they are unwittingly participating in the same project and is our first hint at substance behind the work. On closer inspection the other works reveal a hidden layer of subtext and commentary on urban artists struggle to redefine their territory. The mundane and everyday rebranded as art as if the tag of Art elevates its status. Barrie's work questions whether that is necessarily so Is art really that much better than selotape?
Barrie describes his work as “..Hovering between something, nothing and everything.” There’s certainly no trick of the light with his work. It’s more of a ‘Ronseal’ approach to art – it does exactly what is says on the tin; only with tongue firmly embedded in cheek. Through his use of entertainment he manages to question the whole notion of what we look for in art and the power of the gallery space to transform the viewers’ perceptions. Whether we perceive something to be good art is after all, just a matter of taste.

Barrie j davies From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Barrie j davies
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

BARRIE J DAVIES: Born In Milford Haven Pembrokeshire Wales 10th of September 1977
The work of Barrie J Davies ranges from the use of various media playing with meanings, images, objects and texts to create possible new fictions and reality to reassess the world and space around us through the guise of language and displacement. Humour is the catalyst in which is manipulated to help guide the work to possible understandings.
EDUCATION 2004 - University of Wales Institute Cardiff – MA Fine Art 2000 - Southampton Institute – BA Hons Fine Art (Time Based Media) 1997 - Carmarthen College of Art and Design – Foundation Course
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2006 – "THE BALLAD OF BARRIE J" G39, Cardiff, Wales 2005 – "MAY CONTAIN NUTS" Oriel I Bawb, Snowdon Mill, Porthmadog, Wales 2005 – "BARRIE J DAVIES IS AN ARTIST" Fold Gallery, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England 2004 – "BLOW MY MONKEY" The Red Box Gallery, Ninian Road, Cardiff, Wales 2003 – "SERENDIPITY" The Circle Gallery, Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd, Wales 2001 – "23 RPM" Haverfordwest Library Gallery, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales 2000 –"CRIME SCENE" Project Milford, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales 1998 – "WORLDS MOST WANTED" Haverfordwest Community Centre, Pembrokeshire, Wales
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2006 – "WISH YOU WERE HERE!" Artshed, Ware, Herts, England 2005 – "MULTIPLEX 4" The Old Cinema Art Space, Hoxton, London, England 2005 – "SLICE 3" Chapter Art Gallery, Cardiff, Wales (curated by Alan Baynes and Andy Fung) 2005 – "MULTIPLEX 3" The Old Cinema Art Space, Hoxton, London, England 2005 – "SECRET" The Royal College of Art, London, England 2005 – "THE WELSH CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2005" Oriel I Bawb, Porthmadog, Wales, 2005 – "MOBILE" Arena Gallery, Liverpool, England 2005 – "SUPER 8 STATION 2" Station Art space, Bristol, England 2005 – “OBSESSION” GALERI X, Istanbul, Turkey 2005 – "STATES OF UNION ?" Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland 2004 – "THE POST CARD SHOW" The Surface Gallery, Nottingham, England 2004 – "SLICE 2" Tactile Bosch Artspace, Llandaff North, Cardiff, Wales 2004 – "FLIM – FLAM" G39, Mill lane, Cardiff, Wales (Curated by Anthony Shapland) 2004 – "PERFECTLY NORMAL" Tactile Bosch Artspace, Cardiff, Wales 2003 – "SLICE" Jacobs Market Art Space, Cardiff, Wales 2003 – "DRAWING, THE END OF THE LINE" Ecole Municipale de Dessin, Saint-lo, France 2003 – "CAERLEON ARTS FAIR" Artavia Gallery, Caerleon, Wales 2002 – "ART IN THE MARKET" Newport market Gallery, Newport, Wales 2002 – "SUMMER" Brooklyn Art Gallery, Cardiff Wales 2001 – "CHRISTMAS" InkSpot Arts and Crafts Centre Gallery, Cardiff, Wales 2000 – "ANONYMOUS" Southampton Institute Fine Art Degree show, Southampton, England 1998 – "ALCHEMY" St Mary’s Market, Southampton, England
SOLO PERFORMANCES, EVENTS, HAPPENINGS AND PROJECTS 2005 – “ON THE PISS” A happening / event/ pub crawl starting at the Tut and Shive pub City Road Cardiff going to other pubs in Cardiff. Images of this event documented for Barrie J Davies Website. 27th may 2004 – "THE MUSEUM OF NOTHINGNESS" Mail Art project collecting objects that represent ‘nothing’, publicised in The Western Mail and AN magazine, Nov 2003 – “THE GREAT NATIONAL GIVE AWAY” a mail art project giving away free unframed abstract paintings to galleries and members of the public 2002 – "REJECTED: 2002 to Present" an on going collection project file of art gallery rejection letters.
CURATORIAL ACTIVITIES 2006 – "THE COUCH TRIP" curator and organiser of an exhibition of Video art in the lounge of a flat in Cardiff, Mar 2005 – “ALL WASHED UP!” curator and organiser of an exhibition of artwork in a Bathroom in Cardiff, Aug
COMMISSIONS, AWARDS AND RESIDENCES 2005 – The Red Box Gallery Award for The Baddest Painting 2005 – Quench Magazine – cover image
SELECTED CRITICAL REVIEWS, MEDIA AND PRESS COVERAGE 2005 – Cumberland & Westmorland Herald "Its all a matter of taste"6th Aug, p4 2005 – South Wales Echo, “Glass half empty for pub crawl record attempt” 28th may, p.3 2005 – Red Dragon FM “The Art Pub Crawl” 27th may 2005 – South Wales Echo, “Can this man organise a booze-up in a brewery?” 20th may, p.8 2005 – BBC Website “Live Art Pub Crawl” may 2005 – Quench Magazine “Artist or Knob Head?”, Vol 2 Issue 23, p.8 & p.9 2004 – The Western Mail "Hunt for something to prove nothing" 23rd Nov, p.14 2005 – "Obsession" Exhibition Catalogue CD ROM 2004 – MA fine Art Degree Show Catalogue, 2004 – S4C Television Documentary "Slay Maker" May 6th, 9.30pm 2003 – "Drawing, The end of the line" Exhibition Catalogue 2001 – Buzz Magazine - Feb 2000 – Milford Mercury Newspaper "01 Gallery For Milford?" 21st July p. 7 2000 – Southampton Institute Fine Art Degree Show Catalogue
THE WORK OF THE ARTIST BARRIE J. DAVIES
Once upon a time there was an conceptual artist born in ye old Pembrokeshire, Wales, called Barrie J Davies.
Barrie J Davies is an artist who has anarchically explored the absurdity of contemporary life working in his paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, films, drawings, performance works, publications, badges, posters, signs, public interventions and written works. He has exhibited his old unframed abstract paintings on paper and sold them for one pound each. He organised an art pub crawl called "on the piss" designed as a focus for getting people together to talk about art while going out for a night around the pubs in Cardiff. Documentation of this event was posted on his website barriejdavies.com and for the people that came along they were each given a limited edition badge which said "on the piss with Barrie J Davies". He has made a 'liberating' video work of releasing yellow bath-time ducks on to a lake alongside real ducks and swans to explore the man-made world against the natural world. He has set up the world's first "Museum of Nothingness", a project designed to collect and preserve objects in a briefcase to which the public has donated to represent their idea of 'nothing' and 'nothingness'. He has made many word and text based drawings and paintings which explore the ideas of contemporary art and its limitations. He has put up temporary text based signs and posters around the city of Cardiff to explore the confusion that we face in moving around in our daily lives. They have been documented as photographs. He has sold some artworks on Ebay when he has been strapped for cash. He has organised an exhibition of art works by other artists in the bathroom of his flat, called "All Washed up!". He has exhibited his collection of rejection letters from galleries for a ongoing project called "Rejected". This file of letters runs from 2002 to the present day. Another one of his projects was to introduce the "Unlimited Print" which is an unlimited edition, ink on A4 paper print (2004), which is available to download free from his website barriejdavies.com as a word document.
The artwork of Barrie J Davies explores the funny and the stupid things of life that make us laugh or get in the way or just get on our nerves or even make us fall over; they are always completely off the wall.
for all other information go to http://www.barriejdavies.com
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Barriejdavies"

The Barrie J Davies Ultimate Crap Music Album compact disc

“The Barrie J Davies Ultimate Crap Music Album compact disc”

This album could be a waste of money to buy, the waste of a compact disc and even a waste of time. Even the cover looks like it was designed by a U grade GCSE art student.

Making an album of musical tracks for many deejays and musicians is usually based on style, tunes, beats, timing, grooves, hype and lyrical content.

But the artist Barrie J Davies presents his premiere album of music and sonic art outside these contexts.

This album of eighteen tracks brings together the lo-fi psychedelic punk disco sounds from the gutter of the mind of Barrie J Davies to his public.

With songs about honey nut cornflakes, boredom, singing on the toilet, a computer turning off and why won’t Charles Saatchi buy his artwork.

This album, as stated in its title might be complete crap, but the artist Barrie J Davies does not care; it’s about getting things off his chest, voicing his ideas, hopes and fears but with a car boot sale techno disco beat.

This album is available from his bedroom recording label called
Barrie J Davies Home Tape Recordings and it is not available in shops because of its weird odd rare content, but it’s only available for sale on eBay to collectors of the weird and wonderful crap to enjoy.

Each copy of this album is signed and dated by the artist Barrie J Davies

“The Barrie J Davies Ultimate Crap Music Album”

Available on eBay now!

“If you have any brian cells you will spend your money on a pint of beer!” Harry the bin man of Roath

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Barrie J Davies "on the piss" art pub crawl happening event in may 2005

I have been posting some of my video work on the youtube.com
if you have interest here is one of my videos. enjoy.

this video is based on the
"on the piss" art pub crawl happening event in may 2005



Thursday, July 27, 2006

Monday, July 24, 2006

"Surface" at the oriel davies gallery

Surface
12 August - 30 September 2006

more Barrie J Davies fun can be seen at this show "surface"
coming to you soon at the wonderful oriel davies gallery

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Barrie J Davies artist statement

Humour + observations + art + confusion + nothing + fun + freedom = The artwork of Barrie J Davies

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Barrie J Davies at the Oriel Davies Open 2006

for more crazyness!
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Oriel Davies Open 2006
"Undercover"
Oriel Davies Open

24 June - 5 August 2006
with
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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Art Gallery Nudes

A couple goes to an art gallery.
They find a picture of a naked women with only her privates covered with leaves.
The wife doesn't like it and moves on but the huband keeps looking.
The wife asks, "What are you waiting for?"
The husband replies, "Autumn."

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The artist of the week is.....................

To those who do not know the work of artist Richard Dedomenici check out www.dedomenici.com as he is the artist of the week.

Richard Dedomenici is a one-man subversive think-tank primarily dedicated to the development and implementation of innovative strategies designed to undermine accepted belief systems and topple existing power structures.By approaching the limits of conventionally acceptable behaviour, Richard Dedomenici's poetic acts of low-grade civil disobedience forcibly ask pertinent questions of society, while his subtle anarcho-surrealist interventions create the kind of uncertainty that leads to possibility.

Monday, April 03, 2006

"So what's he like … this Barrie J. Davies?" by julie Mahoney

It's been a hard day.
I hate the world.
Snarling, I stumble through the front door and slump into a chair ready for someone to bite.
I glance through the kitchen window and along the garden wall hundreds of smiley pebble faces grin back at me: it's Barrie's new Pebbles on Acid art project! The corners of my mouth curl upwards and I spring up to put the kettle on, listen to my latest CD, wonder what's in the fridge.
In a parallel universe the other me - the one who didn't throw in her lot with conceptual (i.e. eccentric and penniless) artist Barrie J. Davies - finds it hard to transcend the tedium of everyday life and is the poorer for it.

This is what I'm explaining to a girlfriend - whose choice of partner has been more, er, conventional - as her eyes investigate our kitchen.
She stares over my shoulder. I look round to our pots and pans hanging from a rail. Amongst them dangles a bright yellow cap with 'THINKING' printed on it.
"Y'know … thinking cap," I say. "Barrie's … he calls it Headwear for Conceptualists."
She nods without meaning it while her fingers absent-mindedly fiddle with something they found on the kitchen surface. I watch as she becomes aware of the miniature jam jar in her hand. She lifts it up to read the scribbled replacement label.
I remember Barrie's eyes lighting up when I brought the jam home from a residential conference. He ate its contents - raspberry - and filled the pot with something quite different.
My friend's lips mouth Shaved Remains of an IKEA Pencil and then, as I fully expect, her brow furrows and her nose wrinkles up.
She drops the artwork onto the Formica as if she might catch something from it.
I can't think of an excuse - so I invite her into the lounge.
(In the passageway, our cat's appearance distracts her attention away from a huge fluorescent canvas sporting '£1,000,000' in 4' black numerals.)
Entering the lounge, she points to the wall. "Well, I suppose Barbara Cartland fans would like it," and smirks at her own joke.
I manage a chuckle and invite her to take a seat. Should I say that the 8' by 4' oblong of candy-pink fluffy material is actually called Painting for Barbara Cartland?
Well, I don't and we chat about this and that.
While we're talking, her eyes keep travelling to a small box frame on the wall. During a lull, she cranes her neck towards it. I scrutinise her face, side-on, as she sees a single matchstick and underneath the hand-written words 'if you don't like this drawing, you know what to do'.
Her head jerks back and she touches her hair. An instant later, though, she's laughing in spite of herself. "Actually," she concedes, "I have to admit, that's rather good."
I nod - maybe she's getting it, after all?
The subject changes to Valentine's Day and she can't wait to tell me about receiving a dozen red roses from her beau.
Eventually, she asks the inevitable and I present to her a child's red plastic bucket with a large hole cut out of the side.
She takes it from me as if it's radioactive.
I say, "It's called Endless Love," and wait.
Lost for a moment, she runs a finger round the hole tracing the shape of a heart.
I think her eyes well up.
"Ah … now that's very special," she says and smiles at me.
She's finally got it.

The Barrie J Davies photobucket

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Ballad of Barrie J

Launching g39’s new season of solo exhibitions is perhaps one of the most contested contemporary artists coming out of Wales today. Through his prolific scribblings, cartoons, astute observations and humorous commentaries, Barrie J Davies dismantles our understanding of the term’ artist’ and in its place he has refashioned a persona whose mantra “Barrie J Davies is an artist” plays over and over in the background of his world. We are presented with an abundance of works that appear to have been quickly dashed off: biro cartoons, subversive signs felt-tipped and opportunistically taped in public places, everyday objects appropriated in a comedic manner. Barrie’s practice comprises a number of lo-fi strategies for conveying apparently inconsequential thoughts or throwaway witticisms – and perhaps that’s all they are. Or perhaps collectively they are saying something larger and more complex about the value of art and nature of being an artist. Barrie’s work conveys deliberately low production values. It doesn’t even appear to be revealing any great truth about the human condition. Has g39 been hoodwinked into a great con, drawn in by the repetitious slogan “Barrie J Davies is an artist”? Or is there something else going on here?In a photograph of a residential street a felt-tipped note in front of a pile of back bin bags warns ‘Public artwork. Do not touch’. Taken in isolation, this confidently plays with a prevailing public opinion of contemporary art and also references existing works by well-known artists, including Ceal Floyer and Gavin Turk. As a whole, Barrie’s practice seems to be suggesting that the Artist’s role in society is solitary, an outsider, whose purpose is never cut-and-dried, and that generally the Artist’s lot is not a happy one.The Ballad of Barrie J runs from Saturday 8th April to Saturday 6th May.g39 is open Wednesday - Saturday 11-5.30 (please note that the exhibition will be closed on 14th and 15th April for the Easter Weekend).

http://www.g39.org

Monday, March 27, 2006

Monday, March 13, 2006

some even more artwork by the artist Barrie J Davies 2006

"a prudential photograph" 2006

"I drawing" 2005
for more information about the life and work of the artist barrie j davies go to
www.barriejdavies.com

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

some paintings by the artist barrie j davies

"a sucessful painting"
2006

"closing down painting" 2006


"painting of a painting" 2005

"writing painting" 2006


"painting i believe in" 2006


"broken Painting" 2006


"important painting" 2006


"another painting" 2006

for more information about the life and work of the artist barrie j davies go to
www.barriejdavies.com

Saturday, February 25, 2006

some barrie j davies internet links

The follow are some internet resources on the artist barrie j davies
for more information about the life and work of the artist barrie j davies go to
www.barriejdavies.com

the couch trip video art festival 2006 Curated by Barrie J. Davies


the couch trip
International Video Art Festival 2006

An exhibition of video artwork in the living room of a ground floor flat by:

Neale Howells, Tessa Garland, Kye Wilson, Ian Nesbitt,
Donald Bousted, Joseph Duffy, Lucy Stevens, Eva Olsson,
Jonas Nilsson, William West, Germaine Smith, John Hall,
Julie Mahoney, Martin Hamblen, Bradley Hogan,
Tom Goddard, Taymar Whyte and Barrie J Davies

Curated by Barrie J. Davies

11th March 2006 7pm to 10pm

The living room @ 93B Diana Street, Roath, Cardiff Wales UK, CF24 4TT

INFO: 07910474720
for more information about the life and work of the artist barrie j davies

Friday, February 24, 2006

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Gold Bricks by Barrie J Davies

This is a "gold brick sculpture" by the artist barrie j davies
and they are available to buy at the black pug clothing store on albany road cardiff wales uk
check the black pug website at

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The Best Indian Restaurant In The World !

THE TANDOORI MAHAL RESTAURANT

98 Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff, Wales, UK
it is worth a visit !

some artwork by the artist Barrie J Davies

"a painting of words" 2006
oil paint on board
"nothing Special painting" 2005
Household paint on board

"a possible religious painting" 2005
oil paint on board

"lottery ticket drawing" 2005
ink on lottery ticket

" every day another drawing" installation
for more information about the life and work of the artist barrie j davies go to

Sunday, January 29, 2006

The Couch trip International Video Art Festival 2006

Wanted: artists video works (any theme) on VHS tape or DVD
(approx five minutes long)
To be shown for one night only in a living room of a ground floor flat in Cardiff Wales UK.

Please send video material plus SAE for return to:

The Barrie J Davies World Headquarters
93B Diana Street, Roath,
Cardiff, Wales, UK CF24 4TT

Closing Date for submissions:
20th Feb 2006

For more information call: 07910474720

Thursday, January 26, 2006

How to be an artist by barrie j davies



You too can be an artist if you follow the following guidelines.
Good luck and happy art making.

you need a studio. All artists must have a studio.

Make sure your studio is in a state of chaos like Francis bacons.

you need a easel. (only if you are going to paint)

you need a café to hang out in, to drink strong black coffee and smoke cheap cigarettes.
You need some form of facial hair or stubble for the correct look.

You need to get rid of your brightly coloured clothes and just wear black, all artists wear black.

You need to make sure that these clothes are from a charity shop and are tread bare and covered with paint.

You must go to as many private views at galleries as possible and drink as much free booze as possible, not forgetting to look at the artwork and talking to people to network.

You must make sure you own a pair of sunglasses for those bad days with a hangover or just when you want to look cool.

For male artists make sure you have the cool earring in one ear.

Make sure you document all the artwork you make in which to show gallery owners and potential buyers.

Don’t worry about having an original idea there are plenty that you can appropriate.
Start reading lots of art books any one will do.

Don’t forget to always carry a sketch book with you at all times to sketch those important things down.

You will also need the all important artists beret.

Keep a sketchbook / note book next to the bed in case of those four o’clock in the morning ideas.
Watch all art programmes on television, no matter how dull and childish.

Don’t forget to watch the turner prize on channel four every year, (it can be very funny).

For painting make sure you have a palette to mix up all your colours on.

Make sure you hang out in art shops to check out art materials.

Make sure you have a very good chin stroking technique when looking at art.

Make sure you always have a sharp pencil ready.

Make sure that your shoes are black and covered in paint.

You will also need a beaten up small car or push bike to get from home to the studio or the pub.

Art education can be important, but don’t forget Francis bacon who never went to art college.

Some weeks spend more money on your art materials than food so you suffer for art.

Enter as many art competitons as possible.

Make sure that you get some of you artwork on the walls of the café that you go to.

Try and meet other artists sometimes this can be good and bad for discussing ideas, sometimes over a few bottles of whisky.

Make sure that you have some part time job to keep the money coming in, such as wimpy or McDonalds.

Never give up and work hard.

Be very cautious of gallery owners they can rip you off.

Make sure if you are going to paint nudes you will need a model (a naked one will do).

Don’t forget that making art is about art and not money other wise you would be stockbroker or a doctor.

Remember to show any art work at any time, any place, you never know who will see it.

Don’t forget that it can also be very lonely in the studio on your own.

Make sure you get your self advertised for free in the yellow page under a free listing.

Remember to have fun with your art work. Humour is very important.

Even the stupid ideas can work. Such as martin creed who turns a light on and off.

Try you best to show your artwork abroad. It means you also get a holiday out of it.

Make sure you have a coffee maker to for coffee to keep you going in the studio.

The life and times of Barrie J Davies

BARRIE J DAVIES:
Born In Milford Haven Pembrokeshire Wales 10th of September 1977

web: www.barriejdavies.com Email:barriejdaviesisanartist@hotmail.com

The work of Barrie J Davies ranges from the use of various media playing with meanings, images, objects and texts to create possible new fictions and reality to reassess the world and space around us through the guise of language and displacement. Humour is the catalyst in which is manipulated to help guide the work to possible understandings.

EDUCATION
2004 - University of Wales Institute Cardiff – MA Fine Art
2000 - Southampton Institute – BA Hons Fine Art (Time Based Media)
1997 - Carmarthen College of Art and Design – Foundation Course

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006 – "THE BALLAD OF BARRIE J" G39, Cardiff, Wales
2005 – "MAY CONTAIN NUTS" Oriel I Bawb, Snowdon Mill, Porthmadog, Wales
2005 – "BARRIE J DAVIES IS AN ARTIST" Fold Gallery, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England
2004 – "BLOW MY MONKEY" The Red Box Gallery, Ninian Road, Cardiff, Wales
2003 – "SERENDIPITY" The Circle Gallery, Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd, Wales
2001 – "23 RPM" Haverfordwest Library Gallery, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
2000 –"CRIME SCENE" Project Milford, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales
1998 – "WORLDS MOST WANTED" Haverfordwest Community Centre, Pembrokeshire, Wales

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006 – "WISH YOU WERE HERE!" Artshed, Ware, Herts, England
2005 – "MULTIPLEX 4" The Old Cinema Art Space, Hoxton, London, England
2005 – "SLICE 3" Chapter Art Gallery, Cardiff, Wales (curated by Alan Baynes and Andy Fung)
2005 – "MULTIPLEX 3" The Old Cinema Art Space, Hoxton, London, England
2005 – "SECRET" The Royal College of Art, London, England
2005 – "THE WELSH CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2005" Oriel I Bawb, Porthmadog, Wales,
2005 – "MOBILE" Arena Gallery, Liverpool, England
2005 – "SUPER 8 STATION 2" Station Art space, Bristol, England
2005 – “OBSESSION” GALERI X, Istanbul, Turkey
2005 – "STATES OF UNION ?" Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2004 – "THE POST CARD SHOW" The Surface Gallery, Nottingham, England
2004 – "SLICE 2" Tactile Bosch Artspace, Llandaff North, Cardiff, Wales
2004 – "FLIM – FLAM" G39, Mill lane, Cardiff, Wales (Curated by Anthony Shapland)
2004 – "PERFECTLY NORMAL" Tactile Bosch Artspace, Cardiff, Wales
2003 – "SLICE" Jacobs Market Art Space, Cardiff, Wales
2003 – "DRAWING, THE END OF THE LINE" Ecole Municipale de Dessin, Saint-lo, France
2003 – "CAERLEON ARTS FAIR" Artavia Gallery, Caerleon, Wales
2002 – "ART IN THE MARKET" Newport market Gallery, Newport, Wales
2002 – "SUMMER" Brooklyn Art Gallery, Cardiff Wales
2001 – "CHRISTMAS" InkSpot Arts and Crafts Centre Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
2000 – "ANONYMOUS" Southampton Institute Fine Art Degree show, Southampton, England
1998 – "ALCHEMY" St Mary’s Market, Southampton, England

SOLO PERFORMANCES, EVENTS, HAPPENINGS AND PROJECTS
2005 – “ON THE PISS” A happening / event/ pub crawl starting at the Tut and Shive pub City Road Cardiff going to other pubs in Cardiff. Images of this event documented for Barrie J Davies Website. 27th may
2004 – "THE MUSEUM OF NOTHINGNESS" Mail Art project collecting objects that represent ‘nothing’, publicised in The Western Mail and AN magazine, Nov
2003 – “THE GREAT NATIONAL GIVE AWAY” a mail art project giving away free unframed abstract paintings to galleries and members of the public
2002 – "REJECTED: 2002 to Present" an on going collection project file of art gallery rejection letters.

CURATORIAL ACTIVITIES
2006 – "THE COUCH TRIP" curator and organiser of an exhibition of Video art in the lounge of a flat in Cardiff, Mar
2005 – “ALL WASHED UP!” curator and organiser of an exhibition of artwork in a Bathroom in Cardiff, Aug

COMMISSIONS, AWARDS AND RESIDENCES
2005 – The Red Box Gallery Award for The Baddest Painting
2005 – Quench Magazine – cover image

SELECTED CRITICAL REVIEWS, MEDIA AND PRESS COVERAGE
2005 – Cumberland & Westmorland Herald "Its all a matter of taste"6th Aug, p4
2005 – South Wales Echo, “Glass half empty for pub crawl record attempt” 28th may, p.3
2005 – Red Dragon FM “The Art Pub Crawl” 27th may
2005 – South Wales Echo, “Can this man organise a booze-up in a brewery?” 20th may, p.8
2005 – BBC Website “Live Art Pub Crawl” may
2005 – Quench Magazine “Artist or Knob Head?”, Vol 2 Issue 23, p.8 & p.9
2004 – The Western Mail "Hunt for something to prove nothing" 23rd Nov, p.14
2005 – "Obsession" Exhibition Catalogue CD ROM
2004 – MA fine Art Degree Show Catalogue,
2004 – S4C Television Documentary "Slay Maker" May 6th, 9.30pm
2003 – "Drawing, The end of the line" Exhibition Catalogue
2001 – Buzz Magazine - Feb
2000 – Milford Mercury Newspaper "01 Gallery For Milford?" 21st July p. 72000 – Southampton Institute Fine Art Degree Show Ca

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The work of the artist barrie j davies

Once upon a time there was an conceptual artist born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, called
Barrie J Davies.

Barrie J Davies is an artist who has anarchically explored the absurdity of contemporary life working in his paintings, photographs, sculptures, poetry, videos, films, drawings, performance works, publications, badges, posters, signs, public interventions and written works.
He has exhibited his old unframed abstract paintings on paper and sold them for one pound each.
He organised an art pub crawl called "on the piss" designed as a focus for getting people together to talk about art while going out for a night around the pubs in Cardiff. Documentation of this event was posted on his website barriejdavies.com and for the people that came along they were each given a limited edition badge which said "on the piss with Barrie J Davies".
He has made a 'liberating' video work of releasing yellow bath-time ducks on to a lake alongside real ducks and swans to explore the man-made world against the natural world.
He has set up the world's first "Museum of Nothingness", a project designed to collect and preserve objects in a briefcase to which the public has donated to represent their idea of 'nothing' and 'nothingness'.
He has made many word and text based drawings and paintings which explore the ideas of contemporary art and its limitations.
He has put up temporary text based signs and posters around the city of Cardiff to explore the confusion that we face in moving around in our daily lives. They have been documented as photographs.
He has sold some artworks on Ebay when he has been strapped for cash.
He has organised an exhibition of art works by other artists in the bathroom of his flat, called "All Washed up!".
He has exhibited his collection of rejection letters from galleries for a ongoing project called "Rejected". This file of letters runs from 2002 to the present day.
Another one of his projects was to introduce the "Unlimited Print" which is an unlimited edition, ink on A4 paper print (2004), which is available to download free from his website barriejdavies.com as a word document.
For his latest artwork called "NO SMOKING", he is collecting as many cigarette butts as possible from the streets of Cardiff to make into the worlds largest cigarette butt sculpture to represent the death of smoking in today's increasingly cigarette-phobic society.

The artwork of Barrie J Davies explores the funny and the stupid things of life that make us laugh or get in the way or just get on our nerves or even make us fall over; they are always completely off the wall.

for more information about the life and work of the artist barrie j davies go to
www.barriejdavies.com

Sunday, January 08, 2006

hello from barrie j davies

I have never done this before but there is always a time for something new.
All the best barrie j davies.
for more information about the life and work of the artist barrie j davies go to
www.barriejdavies.com