Much of Barry Cawston’s photography has both Sociological and Architectural elements, which has lead him to commissions for several international charities and English Heritage. His fine art photography has been recognised by the Exeter Contemporary Open, which he won in 2007, and the Chairman’s Choice Award at the RWA Photographic Open 2008 and the South West Art Prize 2010. His work is held in several notable private collections.In 2011 his piece the “Tibetan Cowboy” was a star feature of BBC2’s Show Me The Monet. Below is an extract from Proof Magazine about the Exeter Contemporary Open
“The selection panel (Jem Southam, Professor of Photography, University of Plymouth / Jeremy Diggle, Professor of Fine Art, University of Plymouth, and Kate Jago, Editor of Proof magazine) were looking for individual pieces of work with integrity of purpose, innovative process and a particularly contemporary ambition. We hoped to have our eyes widened a little in wonder. We were not disappointed.
The winning artwork is a photograph. It is a hugely successful image but much more, it is a skilfully constructed picture. There are elements that reference an understanding of landscape and figuration that span the history of picture making in western art. The artist subliminally makes parallel visual connections between works of artists as diverse as Piero de la Francescio, Giotto, Fra Angelico, Edward Weston and later contemporary artists such as Andreas Gursky. In making the selection for the exhibition and ultimately the overall winner, the judges were unanimous in their recognition of this work’s outstanding qualities.”- Jeremy Diggle