Mary Barton’s paintings and works on paper reflect the artist’s observation of the world, shaped by memory and emotion. Incorporating abstraction and figuration; space, texture, colour, movement and atmosphere are captured in Barton’s distinct style.
Travel has influenced Mary Barton’s work in many ways. Colours are selected to describe a particular feeling, reflecting variously the vibrancy of cities like Mumbai, or the richness and exposure of the Australian desert. The vibrant hues and energy of her paintings reflect the intensity of experience, both at home and overseas, in urban and rural environments.
Born in 1990, Mary Barton completed a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours) at RMIT University and has been exhibiting her work since 2011. She undertook a residency in Mumbai, India in 2019 and was the recipient of an RMIT Education Travel Scholarship, which allowed the artist to study in New York in 2009. She was a finalist in The Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize, Sydney in 2016 and her work is held in a number of private collections nationally.
Mary Barton lives and works in country Victoria.