Sigmaringen Region, Germany
About Anton Barnard
I am an architect, painter and digital artist. I was born in 1972 in the Western Cape, South Africa. I started painting in 1998. Since then I have lived for extended periods in Cape Town, Dublin, Munich and since 2014 on the Swabian Alb, Germany. Through my art I am trying to preserve and explore the poetic and psychological side of architecture and design. What feelings can I convey by showing a city, a house, a staircase, a window, a chair or a balustrade? Combined with a title I can achieve a certain sinesthesia - a word or phrase, put side by side with an image, combines to create a small narrative or provoke a thought process by means of association. The architectural elements are devoid of human figures and become human in themselves. (What feelings do I want the viewer to experience: Loneliness? Estrangement? Peace? Recognition? Astonishment? Outrage? Irony?) My painting and compositional techniques are tied in with the drawing, rendering and draughting techniques that are integral to my work as a architect. I move back and forth across the lines between what is traditional painting, what is design and what is architectural rendering.
I studied architecture at the then University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) between 1992 and 1997 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
24 July 2014 - 31 March 2015 Café Fair & Mehr, Gammertingen, Germany