The images Barry produces are rich and vibrant, and though a degree of realism is always present, his main interest is in creating a sense of mood and atmosphere in his illustrations. Barry works with oil pastels and also digitally, mainly using Photoshop, Illustrator and Painter software. Working largely in the fields of advertising, editorial and packaging, Barry also produces images for limited edition print. He has an international client list, principally based in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Barry: I always loved to draw and paint, that was always important to me, I filtered through to illustration via the art school system I guess. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Barry: Honours degree in Illustration through Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University). Question: Where are you originally from? Barry: Chester. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Barry: St. Albans. I moved here with my wife when our first born was a baby. It struck me as a very pretty place, much like a smaller version of Chester where I grew up. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Barry: It’s in the loft in my house. Angled walls and ceiling with natural light coming through 3 roof windows. Paint on the floorboards and music/radio playing all day. I love it. Question: Do you collect anything? Barry: Memories. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Barry: Honestly? Not so much lately what with the w.w.w. and all, though I’ve an ongoing collection of images, usually taken from magazines; faces/landscapes, anything really, images that I find interesting in terms of shape or colour combination.
Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Barry: I’ve just finished a series of Illustrations for a book being brought out by New Covent Garden Foods, that was a lot of fun with a very lovely client. Also I’ve been working on a packaging brief for a company called Ahmad Teas, very different to my pastel work, this brief was for photo-realistic images. I enjoy moving between these different styles. Question: Who is your illustration hero? Barry: I LOVE the way Fletcher Sibthorp puts paint on canvas. Question: What do you say to people who say illustration isn’t really "Art"? Barry: They often have a point (though explain that to Picasso when he was drawing Chupa Chups lollipop logos). There’s good and poor illustration, authentic and inauthentic, the best is art. Question: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into illustration? Barry: Have a good breakfast, brush your teeth and get on with it. Believe in yourself. Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Barry: Haight Ashbury in 1967, obvious reasons. Question: Who would you like to have as your muse if your were painting their portrait? Barry: My agent, Juliette.
Marks and Spencer, Walkers, BBC, Ribena , Lucozade, New Covent Garden, Ryvita, Paul SmithFavourites
: Electric Brasserie
: Sennelier Oil Pastels
: I’d only be making one up