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Exhibition: Maurice Barnes

Maurice Barnes St Woolos

An exhibition of paintings from the collections of Newport Museum and Art Gallery, celebrating the work of a talented but often overlooked Newport artist.

Maurice Barnes (1911 -1971) grew up in Maindee before moving to Risca Road, near the Church of St. John the Baptist. Apart from five years in the army during the Second World War, Maurice spent his entire life in Newport. Day-to-day, Maurice worked as a railway clerk at Newport Station, where he met his wife, Peggy. He was devoutly Anglican and worshipped at St Woolos Cathedral, where he became a church warden. A talented artist, Maurice was an Associate of the British Watercolour Society and exhibited at the Royal Academy. He founded the Newport and Monmouthshire Arts and Crafts Society; becoming its first Chairman. Maurice was influenced by William Arthur Watkins who taught him to paint watercolours at speed; admired Wilson Steer's ability to simplify subjects and was inspired by John Piper's use of colour and light. The latter can be seen in Maurice's effective use of bright primary colours and shadow.

His portfolio includes subjects from streets in Paris, to less conventional fantasy scenes. However, his greatest body of work concentrated on Gwent. Maurice was particularly keen on capturing moments of change. For example, he painted the demolition of Newport's Dock Street Museum in 1967 and the chancel extension of St Woolos Cathedral in 1962. He leaves a valuable legacy of both timeless landscapes and rapidly changing townscapes.

Location : Newport Museum & Art Gallery
Price : FREE

Dates & Times :
Thursday 24 May
Friday 25 May
Saturday 26 May
Tuesday 29 May
Wednesday 30 May
Thursday 31 May
Friday 1 June
Saturday 2 June
Tuesday 5 June
Wednesday 6 June
Thursday 7 June
Friday 8 June
Saturday 9 June
Tuesday 12 June
Wednesday 13 June
Thursday 14 June
Friday 15 June
Saturday 16 June
Tuesday 19 June
Wednesday 20 June
Thursday 21 June
Friday 22 June
Saturday 23 June
Tuesday 26 June
Wednesday 27 June
Thursday 28 June
Friday 29 June
Saturday 30 June
Tuesday 3 July
Wednesday 4 July
Thursday 5 July
Friday 6 July
Saturday 7 July
Tuesday 10 July
Wednesday 11 July
Thursday 12 July
Friday 13 July
Saturday 14 July

Contact : Oliver Blackmore
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