Barnaby Barford works primarily with ceramics to create unique narrative pieces drawing an ironic portrait of our contemporary lives. Working with both mass-market and antique porcelain figurines, Barnaby cuts up and exchanges elements, or adds to and repaints them, creating sculptures often sinister and sardonic but invariably humorous in tone.
In Barford’s world, a kitsch 19th century figurine of a peasant boy is transformed into a 20th century teenage thug in a hoodie. Rustic maidens dancing on beds of roses brandish guns; a charming scene of a Victorian family sharing a meal is undermined by the buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken they are devouring. Following in the tradition of Hogarth, Chaucer, Dickens and Shakespeare, Barford, with a dark sense of English humour and satire, explores and celebrates the human condition. Graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2002, Barnaby has been the subject of several solo exhibitions in the UK, and has shown in exhibitions internationally. His work is part of both private and public collections.