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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.




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 and Installations (selected):


 2016 Installation, Church of St.Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London, UK

2016 Installation, Art MoorHouse, Moorgate, London, UK

2015 'Shade of Ink', Asia & Pacific Museum, Warsaw, Poland

2015 Artelier, Rizon Jet lounge, Biggin Hill Airport, London, UK

2015 'Sculpture Line' outdoor exhibition, City of Prague, Czechoslovakia

2013 Internationale Kunstausstellung, Burg Kalteneck, Germany

2013 Kunstmomente in Le Meridien, Edition Strassacker, Stuttgart, Germany

2012 Art Karlsruhe (Galerie du Fleuve, Paris) Karlsruhe, Germany

2012 'Sphäre der Leere' BBK, Stuttgart, Germany (Solo)

2011 Kunstbox, Dortmund, Germany

2011 Salon International du Val d'Or, Meillant, France

2011 Galerie Kunsthalle St. Moritz, St. Moritz, Switzerland

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

2010, 2011 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK

2010, 2012, 2013 'Art en Capital', Le Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2010, 2011 'Natur-Mensch', Nationalpark Harz, Sankt Andreasberg, Germany

Galleries (selected):


Pontone Gallery, Chelsea, London, UK

Galerie Artmundi, Place des Vosges, Paris, France

Vecchiato Arte, Padova, Italy

Albemarle Gallery, Piccadilly, London, UK (Solo)

Galerie Gottschick, Tübingen, Germany (Solo)

Galerie Hajek, Stuttgart, Germany

Gallery Cafmeyer, Knokke, Belgium

Mokspace, London, UK

Galerie Mark Hachem, Place des Vosges, Paris, France

Galerie Roy Sfeir, St.Germain, Paris, France

Gallery 101 Exhibit, Miami, USA

Gallery Mona Lisa, Paris, France (solo)

Broadway Gallery, Soho, New York, USA




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