The Arts Council has expressed its regret
at the passing of artist and Aosdána member Barbara Warren.
Sheila Pratschke, Chair of the Arts Council
said, "Barbara Warren is a great loss to the visual arts community in
Ireland. She worked through a fascinating period of European art and studied
under André Lhote, the famous French cubist painter. This influence can often
be seen in her work which also has a strange flatness of both composition and
colour, making it unique within the context of Irish 20th Century Art."
Barbara was born in Dublin in 1925, she
studied at the National College of Art & Design, Regent Street Polytechnic
in London, and André L'Hote in Paris. She later lectured at NCAD from 1973 to
Her solo exhibitions included the Dublin
Painters' Gallery (1954, 55); Dawson Gallery, Dublin (1957, 61, 72); Taylor
Galleries, Dublin (1982, 86, 92); and United Arts Club (1991). In December 2002
and January 2003, the Royal Hibernian Academy's Gallagher Gallery held a
retrospective exhibition of her work, and the Taylor Galleries showed work from
Ireland and Spain, which centresd on landscapes and still lifes. Recent work
includes various paintings that evolved from sketch book studies
Group exhibitions included the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual and
Christmas exhibitions 1950 – 2005; Irish Exhibition of Living Art 1953–1967;
Oireachtas 1960–early 1970s; Irish Contemporary Art in Germany – 7 artists 1955;
Irish Painting, Hugh Lane Gallery, 1963. Irish Women Artists – 18th century to
the present day; National Gallery of Ireland, 1987; The Irish Figurists and Figurative Painting
in Irish Art Dublin/ London, 1990; Boyle
Arts Festival; Art of the State of New
Direction, OPW, 1970 – 1985 and 1998; Florence Biennale, Italy, 1999.
Her paintings are held in the collections
of the Ulster Museum, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Office of Public Works in
Dublin, the National Self-Portrait Collection at the University of Limerick,
and the Haverty Trust. Group shows included: Irish Contemporary Art in Germany
(1955), Irish and Dutch Painters, Hugh Lane Gallery (1963) and Irish Woman
Artists Eighteenth Century to the Present Day, National Gallery of Ireland (1987).
She won a Purser-Griffith travel scholarship in the history of European
painting in 1955, the James Kennedy Memorial Award for portraiture from the RHA
in 1990, and a career achievement prize at the Florence Biennale in 1999.
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