Meet the artist – Tove Barnes

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Nine young artists have been selected for a show titled ‘Insight – Student Exhibition 2016’, open until Monday 29th August at the greenhouse gallery, in Guernsey Museum.   The Guernsey Arts Commission’s annual student exhibition showcases a variety of art, design, media and photography from the end-of-year art shows at the College of Further Education, Grammar School, Elizabeth College and Ladies’ College; highlighting the strong creative talent consistently emerging on the island.

The exhibition is kindly sponsored by NatWest and is the sixth show of the annual series.

This year’s exhibition has been curated by GAC’s Simone Roberts and Russ Fossey.


Introducing: Tove Barnes

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  • Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre
  • ‘Honor and Gretel’-  Canvas paintings

Both of these oil paintings, ‘Honor’ and ‘Gretel’ were created under the topic title, ‘Everyday Scenes’. I approached this topic with quite a wide collection of ideas and ambitions, aiming to cover as many aspects of the area as I could. I chose these girls as they are friends who I see every day, and so is part of my own everyday life. 

For ‘Gretel’, I photographed her in the morning at her house, following her morning routine and aiming to depict her in the midst of her regular everyday life. The photos I captured included waking up, eating breakfast, getting dressed and brushing teeth- all normal activities, but I wanted to capture the beauty in mundanity and the sense of comforting ritual in our daily routines. 

The image I chose to paint features her lying in bed, in her pyjamas, however the way she is lying and the angle of the photo has made Gretel appear almost Audrey Hepburn-esq. successfully incorporating a sense of glamorous fascination or allurement.  As I took the photo in the morning, the fresh early light has shifted the palette towards cooler, bluish tones, which I accentuated and exploited in the painting. So for this piece I combined both my own everyday life, and Gretel’s. I worked in a style I’m comfortable with, thick layers of oil paint using a technique I’ve developed, taking inspiration from artists such as Lucien Freud and Cy Twombly. 

For ‘Honor’ I used a similar technique, however took a more laboured approach, using smaller, more precise brush strokes to create a deeper more consistent skin tone. I wanted to challenge myself to create work with a more realistic finish, however this piece is also using a cooler palette, as I wanted to add an ethereal quality to the piece, removing it from normality.  

I have been accepted to study Fine Art at Bath Spa University next year, and ideally hope to continue on to a Masters degree in whatever field I find myself in over the next few years. Bath seems the ideal place for me to develop as an artist, and I’m excited to see where the next years of learning take me.



The 2016 students include: Joey Burnard, Amber Moxom, Matthew Stockreiter, Tove Barnes, Georgina Smart, two returning artists Brittany Chippendale and Sam O’Neill as well as a group media project from the Grammar School involving Katie de Carteret, Rosie Jehan and Brittany, who has two pieces of work in the exhibition.


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