The new exhibition at Buxton Museum is called Heads and Tales by artist Barbara Sykes. Barbara graduated from Bretton Hall University of Leeds in 1993 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. In the same year, she was offered a studio at Dean Clough in Halifax, West Yorkshire, becoming one of the resident artists. From that studio, Barbara has worked full-time as a painter, exhibiting her work throughout the UK and abroad. At the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014, she was awarded the Hugh Casson Drawing Prize.
Barbara’s professional practice combines painting, drawing, printmaking and book art. The paintings and drawings, along with images made by children and photographs taken over the years, are manipulated and combined into the pages of her books. The books tell stories with pictures and sometimes words. Recurring words are: existence, being, essence, self-existence, reality, presence, subsistence, givenness, historicity, factuality, actualisation, creating, becoming, potentiality, possibility. These words all mean the same and touch on the human condition. Barbara tends to work on one book at a time and each one is different. Working in several different styles allows her to respond to individual images and gives each book more honesty.
Heads and Tales is on until Saturday 14 February 2015. We also have a shop attached to the museum and art gallery so if you’re struggling to find that unique Christmas present, we might be able to help.