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Stephen Appleby-Barr Biography

Stephen Appleby-Barr’s paintings juxtapose fantastical and everyday objects, conjuring a dreamlike world which verges on the uncanny. His sensitive and masterly use of the traditional medium of oil paint contrasts with his modern sensibility. Appleby-Barr sees his art as storytelling, and tours museums and city streets in the search for characters and sets to introduce into his otherworldly universe. He often constructs intricate miniature sculptures and maquettes in preparation for his paintings, perfecting the scale of his set pieces before recreating them on canvas.

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In a series of new works created in 2020, Appleby-Barr’s characters are situated in dark, intimate spaces, illuminated from above by a strong light which catches on the reflective surfaces of glasses and bottles, and the pearls which he has scattered across tables, pedestals, and wooden blocks. Cloves of garlic, shells, teacups, and a host of other eclectic objects hint at symbolism without overtly revealing their secrets.

Born in 1981 in Toronto, Stephen Appleby-Barr is currently based in London, England. His work has been exhibited and collected in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Text courtesy Robilant+Voena.

Stephen Appleby-Barr Featured Artworks

Max Kallio by Stephen Appleby-Barr contemporary artwork painting
Stephen Appleby-BarrMax Kallio, 2021Oil on linen
76.2 x 91.4 cm
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Still-life with Poussin by Stephen Appleby-Barr contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Stephen Appleby-BarrStill-life with Poussin, 2020Oil on linen
91.4 x 76.2 cm
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Josefine Skomars, Correspondent by Stephen Appleby-Barr contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Stephen Appleby-BarrJosefine Skomars, Correspondent, 2020Oil on linen
91.4 x 76.2 cm
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Johiem Ismail, Correspondent by Stephen Appleby-Barr contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Stephen Appleby-BarrJohiem Ismail, Correspondent, 2020Oil on linen
91.4 x 76.2 cm
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Heavy Lemons by Stephen Appleby-Barr contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Stephen Appleby-BarrHeavy Lemons, 2020Oil on linen
60.9 x 50.8 cm
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Broken Vessel by Stephen Appleby-Barr contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Stephen Appleby-BarrBroken Vessel, 2020Oil on linen
60.9 x 50.8 cm
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Anna Nevala, Correspondent by Stephen Appleby-Barr contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Stephen Appleby-BarrAnna Nevala, Correspondent, 2020Oil on linen
91.4 x 76.2 cm
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A Difficult Subject by Stephen Appleby-Barr contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Stephen Appleby-BarrA Difficult Subject, 2020Oil on linen
182.9 x 152.4 cm
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Stephen Appleby-Barr Recent Exhibitions

Stephen Appleby-Barr Represented By

Robilant+Voena contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Robilant+Voena London, Milan, New York, Paris
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