Bernard Barnes was born in Flint Mountain in North Wales in 1943. He went to a traditional grammar school in Holywell and studied art at a teacher training college in the Midlands. He was sure of his destiny as an artist from as early as he can remember. After an unhappy spell in London, where he taught in a junior school in Peckham Rye, he moved back to North Wales to found Bala Pottery with Mel Mars. For 12 years ceramics were his preoccupation.
Then there came a spell of travelling in Greece and Turkey, exploring and drawing the archaeology of the region and developing his ideas connected with ‘The Organic City’ series of pictures. It was during this period that he met Harald Gassner, still a student, who was travelling around North Wales exploring the ancient Celtic sites. He established his first studio in Barmouth at this time.
Now he is based in a beautiful old church hall, owned by Harold, which serves as studio and gallery. Five years of work has gone into the ‘Captives of the Cosmic Web‘ painting that now hangs (all 24 3’6″x 6’ tall canvases) on the north wall of gallery. A descriptive book on the painting, together with other writings of the artist can be found under his name on Amazon.