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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Louis Vuitton commission - Selfridges London

2 of the 5 Permanent Sculptures Louis Vuitton Commission Selfridges Town House, London

Barnaby Barford was recently commissioned to produce 5 permanent sculptures for Louis Vuitton's new 3 story Town House in Selfridges, London.

A spiralling glass elevator transports the customer on a journey of elegance at Louis Vuitton's new three-flour store inside London's Selfridges. Complementing the collection of leather goods, menswear and womenswear are specially commissioned artworks by Barnaby Barford, Hayakawa Katsumi and Bumpo Teppei. 

Ceramic sculptor Barford's works are based on his original series The Seven Deadly Sins."I wanted to create a harmonious and beautiful series of sculptures that were indefinable, intriguing and ambiguous. I don't want to take away from the setting but want to enhance the experience, bringing something unexpected to the viewers."