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Reverse canvas with signature, date and title


Chiasmus Painting

Barry Laden

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 35.4 W x 35.4 H x 1.8 D in

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Inspired by a poem of the same title that I wrote when I was just 19, this work explores diagonal shapes made from my own style of applying multiple coloured dots of paint to canvas. Thousands of dots of colour of differing shades and sizes blend together to create a group of chiasmus shapes across the painting. Painted on a deep square canvas, this work took two weeks to complete with no blocks of colour painted - only the dots lead the eye to form the larger shapes. As always, each dot of colour is carefully placed and the texture of the paint on the canvas reveals a rugged impasto feel when touched. For me this work is reminiscent of modern stained glass, or perhaps the decoration of a traditional Persian marriage booklet. As with all is what you want it to be. Signed, dated and titled on the reverse of the canvas.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:35.4 W x 35.4 H x 1.8 D in

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With particular emphasis on art and fashion, Barry has worked within the world of design for more than 20 years. His 2018 London exhibition led to several pieces now being held in public and private collections across the world including The Netherlands; USA; Ireland, France, Germany; Scotland, England, Spain and Luxembourg. In 2017, his “Chaos over Moscow” canvas was exhibited digitally at the Saatchi Gallery (London) and he has shown at various art fairs since. His paintings are available for sale through Saatchi Art, online at In 2021 he sold his first work at auction in New York. His latest series features atmospheric forest silhouettes, approaching twilight. “As the sun drains all colour from the trees, a myriad of shades and tones remain just briefly in the sky.” He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was made MBE in 2011 by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace and was awarded Honorary Doctorate of Design by Southampton Solent University in 2014.

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