I mean to greet and acknowledge every creature real or fantastic, all marks and symbols that are in the creative process come to be apart of my artistic practice. People, family, dogs, chooks and some others that don’t even have names or meaning for definition. Indeed, it is a way to allow new or old ideas to become seeds of something else, an organic process perhaps. Almost like children at play. Whether on the blank canvas, the first or final strokes, do our feelings became one with the maker. In that moment, we open the heart and salute the energy that feeds the addiction of painting. It is quite extraordinary really to be part of such a process.
Salutations my friends,
Carlos Barrios was born in San Salvador, El Salvador,Central America and now lives and works in the Currumbin Valley in Queensland. Ancient sites and pyramids have influenced his work.
“I would stare into them [artefacts] and found myself transported to other dimensions, times and spaces. Everything was talking to me especially clouds and shadows, they seemed to describe a space between reality and fantasy, filled with adventures.”
Carlos Barrios began painting figures and creatures from his imagination at the age of six. However, when he was ten, civil war broke out and Barrios found himself illustrating the horrific scenes of war.
“The civil war began when I was ten and lasted over ten years. In this war time madness and normality coexisted. Many nights the electricity was cut and in the candle lit spaces of the house I saw creatures moving and watching us, so I would paint and draw them. As I worked, I would watch my hand moving, creating the figures and creatures, I was the onlooker, the witness to this seemingly automatic unfolding of pictures, visual descriptions.”
The focus of his artworks is to paint the good he believes is in everyone. This is the reason many of his paintings are filled with figures, “I must paint people”, Barrios explains. Barrios has been a finalist in several art prizes including the Blake Prize, Sulman Prize, NSW Plein Air ArtPrize and the Fisher Ghost Art Prize.