About the Artist
Drawing on history and culture, Barnaby Furnas creates restless, radiant paintings chronicling crescendos of excitement – religious, political, sexual – as they career towards tipping points of deliriously uncertain outcome. The active moment versus painting's innate stillness has been a central tenet of paintings whose subjects include the Creation myth, Civil War-era battles and high-octane stadium rock gigs. His are at once brutal and elegant works, bound up with the excesses of the world yet brought into being through the prism of art history. From Cubism's fracturing of the picture plane, through Futurism's attempts to capture movement, via 'blood and guts' outpourings of Abstract Expressionist and the transcendental spaces of colour field painting, Furnas entwines history with art history in provocative combinations of narrative and form.