Glenys Barton

1944
- Present

Born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1944, Glenys Barton trained at the Royal College of Art (1968-71) and was one of the few British sculptors working mainly in ceramics in the 1970s, quickly gaining recognition and success after winning a prize at the International Ceramics Exhibition in 1972. Although initially concerned with geometry, Barton is foremost a sculptor of the human form. Working largely in ceramic, she focuses great attention on the surface quality of each piece, experimenting with smoked surfaces and crackled glazes, and the colour and patination of bronze. Her works range in colour from sandblasted white to pale blue, cool turquoise to deep terracotta red. Barton says of her work: ‘my subject is always humanity: sometimes a specific human, sometimes human relationships, sometimes human society. The forms may be heads, parts of figures, whole figures or figures within figures. Heads and hands particularly fascinate me. As I work I feel that I am directly linked with those who have tried to fashion the human form from the earliest times. My greatest achievement would be to create a timeless image.’  Barton’s sculpture features in the screen adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love, starring Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton and Bill Nighy, portraits of whom she was commissioned to make for the film. She has exhibited widely in Britain and abroad, and her work is included in many important collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum and National Portrait Gallery, London. Barton lives and works in Essex

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