Tibetan Cowboy is a hugely successful image but much more, it is a skillfully constructed picture. There are elements that reference an understanding of landscape and figuration that span the history of picture making in western art.

Jeremy Diggle, Professor of Fine Art, University of Plymouth

BARRY CAWSTON

Born: 1966 in Bournemouth, UK

Bio: Barry Cawston’s fine art photography has recently toured museums in Spain and Portugal as well as being shown at the Marble Palace in the Russia Museum in St Petersburg, as an outdoor presentation in Oldenburg, Germany and as a major exhibition in Völklingen Ironworks.

Cawston has won numerous awards and competitions including in the British Open Art awards in 2012 and 2013, the Exeter Contemporary Open, which he won in 2007, and the Chairman’s Choice Award at the RWA Photographic Open 2008 and the South West Art Prize 2010. In 2011 his piece the “Tibetan Cowboy” was a star feature of BBC2’s Show Me The Monet. He is regularly commissioned by English Heritage and by international charities.

High-rise communal living was once seen as a great step forward for mankind. Barry Cawston’s Tenement series captures the individual within the collective. By focusing on the repetitive structure it is the anomalies that become apparent and revealing. The images straddle the boundary between abstract and documentary. They drift from an examination of the relationship between colour and structure to reveal details of individuals’ lives.

Much of Barry Cawston’s photography has both sociological and architectural elements. Ranging from breathtaking panoramas through his own work and reflections on artist Banksy’s artistic interventions. He is currenty working on a body of work in Russia which as taken him from Moscow to the Urals to Archangel and beyond. His images capture the beauty of otherwise passed over places with a cinematic quality enhanced by Cawston’s subtle use of light and observation of detail. His work is held in several notable private collections.

Barry Cawston completed a Sociology Degree at Leeds University before studying photography at Leeds Polytechnic in 1989 where he was inspired to follow a number of photographic disciplines which have continued throughout his career.

Below is an extract from Proof Magazine about Cawston’s photography at the Exeter Contemporary Open.

The winning artwork is a photograph. It is a hugely successful image but The Tibetan Cowboymuch more, it is a skillfully constructed picture. There are elements that reference an understanding of landscape and figuration that span the history of picture making in western art. The artist subliminally makes parallel visual connections between works of artists as diverse as Piero de la Francescio, Giotto, Fra Angelico, Edward Weston and later contemporary artists such as Andreas Gursky. In making the selection for the exhibition and ultimately the overall winner, the judges were unanimous in their recognition of this work’s outstanding qualities.

Jeremy Diggle, Professor of Fine Art, University of Plymouth

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BARRY CAWSTON

Moonlit motel - a colour photograph by Barry Cawston.

Moonlit motel

Barry Cawston

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Water Slide

Barry Cawston

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Colour Fields

Barry Cawston

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28 Flats by Barry Cawston. A view into the lives of residents of Yangon, Burma

28 Flats

Barry Cawston

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Pink Moon

Barry Cawston

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Flooded Fields

Barry Cawston

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Golden Windows

Golden Windows

Barry Cawston

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Across the Water

Across the Water

Barry Cawston

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24 Flats

24 Flats

Barry Cawston

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65 Flats

65 Flats

Barry Cawston

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195 Flats

195 Flats

Barry Cawston

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34 Flats

34 Flats

Barry Cawston

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SOLD

Morning Ritual I

Morning Ritual I

Barry Cawston

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In Harmony

In Harmony

Barry Cawston

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Ferry passenger

Ferry Passenger

Barry Cawston

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Hotel Raj

Hotel Raj

Barry Cawston

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Hip Hop

Hip Hop

Barry Cawston

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Havana Pool

Havana Pool

Barry Cawston

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Golden Window

Golden Window

Barry Cawston

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Cuban Car

Barry Cawston

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Coat Napoli

Coat Napoli

Barry Cawston

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By Lamplight

By Lamplight

Barry Cawston

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Tapestry

Tapestry

Barry Cawston

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Reed Beds

Reed Beds

Barry Cawston

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Blue Forest

Blue Forest

Barry Cawston

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Blood and water

Blood and Water

Barry Cawston

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Avalon

Avalon

Barry Cawston

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Autumn Hues

Autumn Hues

Barry Cawston

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Tyre Tracks

Tyre Tracks

Barry Cawston

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Suburban states

Suburban States

Barry Cawston

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Salt

Salt

Barry Cawston

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Office

The Office

Barry Cawston

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Midnight Motel

Midnight Motel

Barry Cawston

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Jugganautt

Juggernaut

Barry Cawston

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Ex Antiques

Antiques

Barry Cawston

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Eclipse Motel

Eclipse Motel

Barry Cawston

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Broken Heart

Broken Heart

Barry Cawston

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Badlands

Badlands

Barry Cawston

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Zone D

Zone D

Barry Cawston

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Twisted silos

Twisted Silos

Barry Cawston

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Soul Trader

Soul Trader

Barry Cawston

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Slide

Slide

Barry Cawston

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Sand Storm

Sand Storm

Barry Cawston

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Reliant Robin

Reliant Robin

Barry Cawston

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Petrol Pumps

Petrol Pumps

Barry Cawston

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Junkyard Kyushu

Junkyard Kyushu

Barry Cawston

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Dark Towers

Dark Towers

Barry Cawston

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Level 7

Level 7

Barry Cawston

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Coloured Silos

Coloured Silos

Barry Cawston

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Ode to Autumn triptych

Ode to Autumn

Barry Cawston

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Dark Oaks

Dark Oaks

Barry Cawston

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Harvest Moon. Photograph of a moonlit forest by Barry Cawston

Harvest Moon

Barry Cawston

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Fast Lane

The Fast Lane

Barry Cawston

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18 Flats

18 Flats

Barry Cawston

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23 Flats

23 Flats

Barry Cawston

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Originals

Originals

Barry Cawston

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La Jalberterie

La Jalberterie

Barry Cawston

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Golden Stairway

Golden Stairway

Barry Cawston

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Garage Doors

Garage Doors

Barry Cawston

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Silent City

Silent City

Barry Cawston

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Empress

The Empress

Barry Cawston

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Vende Se

Vende Se

Barry Cawston

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Washing Lines

Washing Lines

Barry Cawston

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West Hay

First Light

Barry Cawston

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America

America

Barry Cawston

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