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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Canvases by Cumbrian artist to go on show

Eye-catching canvases by a Maryport artist are to go on display tomorrow.

Exhibition painting photo
One of the paintings on display

October is Black History Month. This originated in the USA and is dedicated to recognising the contribution of black people to history and culture.

Barrie J Baker’s contribution, Roots Canvas, was inspired by a visit to Ghana.

“The paintings were directly inspired by a visit to the town of Elmina and its amazing fortress,” said Barrie, 51.

“I developed the canvas while trying to emulate the feel and texture of the dungeon walls. Each canvas is done individually and has a unique finish of its own when ready to paint on.

“The works are a celebration of Ghana’s history and culture, from the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in 1807 to the gaining of independence in 1957.

They ‘draw on the land’s history, its vast palette, and most significantly the beauty, spirit and musicality of its people.”

Roots Canvas is on display in the upstairs gallery at Henshaw Framing, Crosby Street, Carlisle, from tomorrow until November 3.

This will be the third exhibition staged at Henshaw’s.

“We’re primarily a framing business but we are branching out into exhibiting as well,” says proprietor Gordon Henshaw.

“Barrie’s stuff is good and there are not many places to display that kind of art.”

Barrie has also produced portraits of some of the greats of the music world.

Barrie, originally from Carlisle, was living in London but returned to live in Maryport after becoming a grandfather for the first time.

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