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Sukhi Barber

 

 

Sukhi Barber - Artist's Statement

 

 

Sukhi Barber was born in 1971, in Hertfordshire, England. From an early age she was drawn to the classical and ancient traditions of art and philosophy, which led her to undertake a traditional sculptural training at The City and Guilds of London Art School. There she gained a firm grasp of figurative clay modeling and life drawing, graduating in 1995 with the prize for sculpture, and a scholarship from Madame Tussauds.

 

After graduation Sukhi traveled to India, captivated by the timeless quality of peace and balance that she found in the art of Asia. Settling in Kathmandu, Nepal, she spent the next twelve years studying Buddhist philosophy and producing sculptures based on the traditional techniques of stone carving and lost-wax bronze casting.

 

Sukhi's sculptures are intended to bridge the cultures of East and West. Embodying the peace and compositional balance of ancient devotional art, they represent complex philosophical ideas with a simplicity and clarity that renders them accessible on an intuitive level. Exploring themes of hidden potentials, and the transcendence of our limiting view of a solid reality, her work often represents the negative space as being as important as the material itself, implying the dance of form and spirit, a constant state of transformation.

 

Education

 

2000 - 2007  Studying, and working, in traditional techniques of lost-wax bronze casting, Patan, Kathmandu, Nepal

1996  Apprenticeship in traditional soapstone carving, Mahabalipuram. India

1992 - 1995  City and Guilds of London Art School, Kennington, London Fine Art Sculpture, under Allan Sly

1990 - 1991  Cambridge Arts Tutors, Cambridge, Art Foundation Course

 

Exhibitions (selected) :

2015

Jun   Artelier, Rizon Jet lounge, Biggin Hill Airport, London, UK

Jun   'Sculpture Line' outdoor exhibition, City of Prague, Czech Republic

May   Gallery Cafmeyer, Knokke, Belgium

Feb   'Selbst' BBK, Stuttgart, Germany

 

2014

Dec   Albemarle Gallery winter collective, Piccadilly, London, UK

Nov   Galerie Artmundi, Place des Vosges, Paris, France

Nov   Galerie Hajek, Stuttgart, Germany

Sept  Galerie Gottschick, Tübingen, Germany (Solo)

Jun    Galerie Artmundi, Place des Vosges, Paris, France

 

2013

Dec   'Art en Capital', Le Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Nov   '5 Sculptors', Albemarle Gallery, Piccadilly, London, UK

Nov   Galerie Gottschick collective, Tübingen, Germany

Jul     Internationale Kunstausstellung, Burg Kalteneck, Germany

May  'Wisdom and Compassion', Mokspace, London, UK

May   Eunique Art and Design Fair, Karlsruhe, Germany

Apr    BBK Kleinplastik, Stuttgart, Germany

Apr    Kunstmomente in Le Meridien, Edition Strassacker, Stuttgart

Mar   Albemarle Gallery, Piccadilly, London, UK (Solo)

 

2012

Nov   Art en Capital', Le Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Nov   Galerie Roy Sfeir, St.Germain, Paris, France

Oct   'Sphäre der Leere' BBK, Stuttgart, Germany (Solo)

May  Eunique Art and Design Fair, Karlsruhe, Germany

Apr   'The Nude', Albemarle Gallery, Piccadilly, London, UK

Mar   Art Karlsruhe (Galerie du Fleuve, Paris) Karlsruhe, Germany

Jan   Galerie Mark Hachem, Place des Vosges, Paris, France

 

2011

Nov   Galerie Mona Lisa, Paris, France (Solo)

Nov   Kunstbox, Dortmund, Germany

Oct    Gallery 101 Exhibit, Miami, USA

Sept  Salon International du Val d'Or, Meillant, France

Sept  'Natur-Mensch', Nationalpark Harz, Sankt Andreasberg, Germany

Jul     Albemarle Gallery summer collective, Piccadilly, London, UK

Jul     Galerie Kunsthalle St. Moritz, St. Moritz, Switzerland

May   Eunique Art and Design Fair, Karlsruhe, Germany

Apr    Salon d'art édition 2011, Saint-André des Eaux, France

Mar    Broadway Gallery, Soho, New York, USA

Mar    Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London, UK

Feb   Galerie Gottschick, Tübingen, Germany (Solo)

 

2010

Nov   'Art en Capital', Le Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Nov   Albemarle Gallery, Piccadilly, London, UK

Sept  'Natur-Mensch', Nationalpark Harz, Sankt Andreasberg, Germany

June  Eunique Art and Design Fair, Karlsruhe, Germany

May   GEDOK exhibition, Kulturhalle, Tuebingen, Germany

Mar    Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London, UK

 

2009

Dec  Albemarle Gallery winter collective, Piccadilly, London, UK

 

Awards :

 

2012  Le Salon des Artistes Français, bronze medal for sculpture, 'Art en Capital', Grand Palais, Paris, France

2011  Salon International du Val d'Or, 1st prize for sculpture, Meillant, France

1995  Scholarship prize from Madame Tussauds

1995  City and Guilds of London Art School, sculpture prize 

 

Commissions (selected) :

 

2009  Seed Syllables OM AH HUM The DeLaszlo Foundation, private collection of Damon DeLaszlo, Hampshire, UK 

1999  A Stone Called Om Carved in 'Nepali black stone', Kathmandu, Nepal The DeLaszlo Foundation, private collection of Damon DeLaszlo, Hampshire, UK

1998  Bust portrait of Dr.Albert Hofmann, discoverer of LSD, private collection of Hofmann family, Basel, Switzerland

1998 Yeti Footprint Yak and Yeti Hotel (Hyatt Group) Kathmandu, Nepal

1997  Water Lingam, marble, quarried and carved in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. The DeLaszlo Foundation, private collection of Damon DeLaszlo, Hampshire, UK

 

Residencies :

 

2004 - 2007  Restoration and remodelling of the life-size statue of the goddess Lakshmi. World Heritage Site "Garden of Dreams", Kathmandu, Nepal Commissioned by the Austrian NGO Eco Himal and funded by the British Goverment.

2000 - 2003  Coordinator of traditional sculpture commissions Hotel Yak & Yeti – Hyatt, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Publications :

 

'ZIG ZAG ZEN, Buddhism and Psychedelics', edited by Allan Hunt Badiner, art edited by Alex Grey, 2nd edition published Chronicle Books LLC 2015

Cover art: 'I am a Broken Man You can't Break Me, collected works of poetry 1995-2014', by Eric Fischer, published 2014

Visionary Art Yearbook 2010 – 2011, Otto Rapp, Visionary Art Network 

'The Wooded Pleasure Grounds at Pelham – Trees, Follies and Sculptures in 2010', published by The DeLaszlo Foundation, UK

Strassacker Kunstgiesserei annual Calendar, Germany, 2010, 2011, 2013

 

Articles :

 

 'Beauty and Emptiness', NY Arts Magazine, summer issue 2011, USA

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