'Transcendence' | Carlos Barrios
‘Transcendence’ is a solo exhibition by figurative artist Carlos Barrios. Originally from El Salvador, Barrios emigrated to Australia over 20 years ago. For the last several years he has worked closely with one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, John Olsen. Such is the esteem in which he holds Carlos Barrios, Olsen has taken him under his wing and continues to mentor him.
The catalyst for ‘Transcendence’ is an imminent relocation of Carlos and his family from the Southern Highlands of NSW to Queensland. The exhibition explores the relationships within families and the excitement and turbulence that are a by-product of great change. It explores the conflicting emotions and trepidation that arises from an event such as this. It is an explosion of colour, passion and excitement as they look North.
With strong connections to family his subject matter includes the human form, nature and spirits. From an early age in El Salvador, he was exposed to ancient traditions and culture by his archaeologist father. His figurative imagery draws heavily from these early influences, with his paintings reminiscent of early South American iconography.
This exhibition explores the emotional side of this move as he searches for that harmony that unifies family and creativity.
Carlos Barrios has been a finalist in several art prizes including the Blake Prize, Sulman Prize, NSW Plein Air Art Prize and the Fisher Ghost Art Prize.