Abstract Expressionism, by nature, has the potential to rouse and stimulate viewers with its use of courageous colours, excitable brushstrokes and non-concrete nuances.
Natasha Barnes embodies this in her work and her paintings, which are rich in texture, vibrant colour and lavish design to create bright, bold and fun art with a burst of pure energy.
“So much of my inspiration comes from the simple lotus flower and all the places that serve as its home, like Thailand, Bali, India and Mauritius.” Describing her art as “a flood of abstract expressionism – pure energy, like an invisible current, constantly flowing and changing”, the ethereal nature of her work takes shape slowly over the hours she spends in her studio. “I usually paint about four to six canvases at the same time, moving between them for several hours until a composition starts to emerge. Then I take my time to follow the abstract nature of what has emerged from the sitting, slowly working towards completion of a work.
A true creative genius, Natasha Barnes’ vibrant work, with its splashes of bold colour and textural depth, reveals that passion is paramount for success. Proudly South African, this revered artist is making waves in the art world, both locally and internationally, and is definitely someone to keep an eye on.