Barbara Freeman - artist portfolio



The artist was born in London and studied at St. Martins and Camberwell Colleges of Art, with postgraduate study at the University of Leeds; She has lived and worked in Belfast for the last twenty years.

She has had over forty solo exhibitions of paintings, prints and installation works in Ireland, Britain, the United States, Hungary, Germany and former Yugoslavia. She has had residencies in Hungary, Slovenia, Macedonia, Switzerland, Germany and U.S.A. and was Abbey Fellow at the British School at Rome. She has taken part in numerous group shows. most recently in 'New Irish Painting' at the Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast.

Though mainly known as a painter and printmaker she has more recently been involved in all sorts of collaborative ventures. Most of these have been with composers and musicians because contemporary composition offers a huge resource of processes and structures that can be paralleled in the visual arts.

Several years ago she began a long term project entitled 'The Narrative of Pain' at the Royal Hospitals in Belfast which involves working closely with patients and doctors to develop a series of images to visualise their experience of pain and thereby to give the power of expression back to the sufferer.

She has recently collaborated with writer David Brett on a series of text/images entitled 'Khazaria' and with composer Paul Wilson on a visual/sound installation entitled 'The Banks of the Bann' for the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown. She has also made several new works for architectural spaces.

This experience has enlarged her normal practice to discover new thought processes and new materials including extensive use of digital technology. This experience has also fed back into her paintings with their highly wrought abstract surfaces and intense colour providing new possibilities for improvisation and spontaneity.

A book on her drawings and works on paper over the past forty years is to be published in November 2006. The artist is married to writer and historian David Brett, who can be found at