Roger Barnard - Artist in Tokyo

Roger Barnard

I'm an artist in Tokyo, Japan

I speak English and Japanese

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About me

Apart from meal breaks, I have been painting more or less non-stop since my early teens. After graduating from the Central School of Art and Design in London, I taught art and worked as an artist and illustrator in the UK, then moved to Japan in the mid-70s where I have worked as an English teacher and EFL textbook author and illustrator. I taught general and art and design-related English at Tama Art University for 20 years and retired in 2014. My work is mainly abstract, in acrylics and oils, and I also make woodblock prints.

My Creations

  1. Untitled

    25 January 2019

    November 24 2018 Collage and acrylic on paper 34 x 24 cm

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  2. Drawing

    25 January 2019

    September 28, 2018 Charcoal and pastel on paper 54 x 38 cm

  3. Garden of the gods

    25 January 2019
    Garden of the gods

     2018 Oil on canvas 65 x 53 cm

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  4. Untitled February 3, 2019

    3 February 2019

    Collage and acrylic on paper mounted on panel 46 x 38 cm

  5. Quarry 2015

    6 February 2019

    Acrylic on canvas 41 x 32 cm

  6. Evening, Fujisaki, 2018

    16 February 2019
    Evening, Fujisaki, 2018

    Oil on canvas 41 x 32 cm

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  7. Untitled December 1, 2018

    23 February 2019
    Untitled December 1, 2018

    Acrylic and collage on panel 34 x 24 cm

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  8. Oil on Arches paper 31 x 23 cm

  9. Untitled, March 2019

    7 April 2019

    Oil on Arches paper 31 x 23 cm

  10. Figures of fun

    22 April 2019

    Ink on paper, April 2019

  11. Dusk on the coast 2016

    Oil on canvas 41 x 32 cm

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  12. Untitled May 2019

    17 May 2019

    Acrylic on canvas 53 x 65 cm

  13. One of a series of large drawings based on mugshots. In my recent Canvas presentation, I said I wasn't interested in telling stories. I think that's true, but maybe I am interested in suggesting stories. The mugshots are frontal, unsmiling, and accompanied by a brief account of a crime or... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  14. Martello 2020

    8 February 2020

    Acrylic and collage, mounted on canvas

  15. Giant Steps

    5 April 2020
    Giant Steps

    2020 Acrylic on canvas 73 x 61cm. One of the paintings I'll be showing at Gallery Q in Ginza from June 8 - 13 (I hope).

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  16. Big Sur Echo

    18 April 2020

    2020 Acrylic on canvas 60.6 x 72.7 cm. Another jazz-inspired title - this time a Woody Herman track.

  17. Oil on canvas 65 x 53 cm. One of the 25 paintings in my show at Gallery Q, Tokyo, from June 8th to 13th. For more information, take a look at the Gallery Q website . A virtual visit and list of works will be available from next Monday.

  18. Recent work

    2 June 2020

    A selection of recent paintings in my solo show at Gallery Q, Tokyo, June 8-13, 2020.

  19. This turned out to be a bit similar to the paintings I was making in the late 1960s.

  20. I've been making collages for a while now. As a painter, I enjoy the different approach they provide to color, composition, and texture. Although they usually start out with no particular image in mind, they generally develop some kind of relationship to landscape, imagined or remembered.

  21. Another collage. This one has a tenuous connection to Bodiam Castle, a favourite spot in Sussex.