Barnaby Barford is an artist who works primarily with ceramics to create unique narrative pieces. He works with both mass-market and antique found porcelain figurines, cutting up and exchanging elements or adding to them and repainting them, to create sculptures which are often sinister and sardonic but invariably humorous. With irony, he draws a portrait of our contemporary lives.

In Barford’s world a kitsch figure of a 19th century peasant boy becomes a 20th century teenage thug in a hoodie; rustic maidens dancing on a bed of roses brandish guns; a charming scene of a Victorian family sharing a meal is undermined by the copious buckets of KFC fried chicken which they’re laying into. Through his unique works, Barford explores all aspects of our society. Following in the tradition of Hogarth, Chaucer, Dickens and Shakespeare; with a dark sense of English humour and satire, Barford's work explores and celebrates the human condition.

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Chandeliers Exhibition at david Gill Galleries Now Open

Jungle VIP, Barnaby Barford 2014, H 185 x W 110 x L 75 cm, Metal Framework, Black Swarovski Crystals

Group exhibition 'Chandeliers' at David Gill Galleries 2-4 King Street, SW1Y 6QP.


Zaha Hadid
Mattia Bonetti
Jacopo Foggini
Gaetano Pesce
Fredrikson Stallard
Campana Brothers
Barnaby Barford


Opening Tuesday 16th September 6-8.30pm 


Exhibition runs until 7th October.