Barbara Tyson


About the Artists:


Born, Sydney Australia.

A graduate student of the world-renowned East Sydney Art School, Barbara Tyson studied art specialising in life drawing, anatomy, mixed medium and watercolours before going on to graduate in Graphic Design. Barbara began work as an artist illustrator and her talents were quickly noticed and whilst still in her twenties was appointed Artistic Director for a stable of Australia’s most prestigious magazines.

Barbara travelled and painted throughout Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom and completed a multitude of watercolour works borrowing techniques and being influenced by a number of artists, but in particular Turner and Monet. In 1981 Barbara’s newly inspired works won first prize at two art exhibitions in Whitlesea and her life as an artist began.

Further studies with renowned water colourist Alvaro Castagnet gave her newfound freedom of expression and boldness. This led to studying the textures and depths of oils where she embraced portraiture and still life, emphasizing the play of light. Barbara continued her studies with many artists including creative painting with David Hill and portraiture with Archibald Prize winner, Reg Cambell at the Mitchell School of Creative Arts at Charles Sturt University. Capturing the essence of a person was one of her most satisfying achievements. Barbara says, "Seeing your subject emerge from the painting is amazing. A point arrives when touching the canvass is like touching their soul."

When Barbara met Italian artist Roberto Coppa he had the most significant impact on her art. He took her skills to a new level. This embraced styles from the old masters, impressionism, realism, abstractionism and their associated techniques. Painting became a reflection of her own life experiences and Barbara no longer painted from her head but from her heart!

Barbara has developed her own style, using varnishes to create a rich depth on the canvas - combining transparent colours with opaque, thick paint with thin, bold confident brush strokes with finely detailed realism, thick textures with smooth softness . . . all the contrasts that life brings to us . . . on the canvas. These techniques combine in expressing freedom, whether it be in communication, dress, lifestyle, emotions, work or relationships. Barbara loves movement, be it dancing music, sport, or the elements in landscapes. The common themes through all of her art are controlled freedom and movement. Barbara’s paintings stimulate the imagination, so that you become the artist. She creates a brush stroke; your mind fills in the gaps.

Barbara has captured the essence of people in many portraits, entering the Doug Moran and Archibald, and receiving many commissions over the years. Barbara’s 2003 Archibald entry, a portrait of radio personality and comedian Tracy Bartram, received excellent reviews from Australia’s press acclaiming her style and technique. Barbara has regular, highly successful exhibitions within Australia and her paintings have found appeal with many collectors and can be found hanging in England, France, Spain, Italy, United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand and Australia.


Career History
October 2007 - Suburban NYC & other works –Art Sydney
March 2007 - Suburban ‘New York Stories’ sellout
June 2006 - Art Sydney-Suburban-sellout
April-2006/2007 - Art Melbourne –Suburban-sellout
Aug 2005 - Sell out with Suburban Affordable Art show -Sydney
April 2005 - Represented in the ‘Affordable Art Show’ Suburban Gallery
February 2005 - Exhibition ‘The French Collection’ Suburban Gallery
Aug-Oct 2004 - Commissioned to paint in the south of France
July 2004 - Solo Exhibition, ‘The Freedom of Movement’, Art Associates Australia-Gardner Contemporary Art, Hawthorn
April 2004 - Represented in ‘The Affordable Art Show’
Nov 2003 - Hung in the ‘Salondes Refuse’s’ (leading painting used to promote exhibition)
July 2003 - Solo exhibition, ‘Barbara Tyson Recent Works’ Richmond Gallery, Richmond
2003 - Entered the Archibald Prize, Tracey Bartram
Nov 2002 - Dual Exhibition, ‘Spirited Heartlands & Movement’, Richmond Gallery Richmond (with Michael Weitnauer)
June 2002 - Started teaching weekly oil painting lessons
2002 - Entered the Doug Moran Prize
September 2001 - Embarked full time painting career
December 1999 - Taught painting at weekend workshop ‘Passion in Oils’
August 1999 - Began exhibiting at First Settlement Gallery, Sorrento
May 1999 - 1st Exhibition, ‘Colorful, Evocative & Passionate Paintings’, Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Prahran
1998 - Expanded growth in part time commission
1995 - 5 years part time study of the old master techniques with Italian artist Roberto Coppa
1993 - Extensive art commissions with Coogi & Coles Myer used in Florence, Italy)
1990 - Exhibited in Camberwell Art Show
1988 - Studied portraiture with Archibald Prize winner Reg Cambell, Charles Sturt University
1987 - Studied Creative painting with David Hill, Charles Sturt University
1984 - Studied oils at the Doncaster Artists Society
1982 - Studied water colors with Alvaro Castagnet, Managing Director of Logo Graphics
1981 - Commenced painting commissions and selling art privately
1981 - First Prize -2 categories Whitlesea Art Show
1980 - Riverside Graphics Melbourne, illustrator/graphic designer
1978 - Michael Bryce & Associates Qld, illustrator/graphic designer
1975/76 - Painting watercolors while traveling Australia, England, Europe
1974 - Cleo Magazine Consolidated Press Sydney. Art director, illustrator/graphic designer
1970 - East Sydney Art School Diploma Graphic Design Subjects: Life Drawing, anatomy, illustration, fine art, watercolor

Recent Exhibitions:
Joint Exhibition, “Colourful, Evocative and Passionate Paintings” at Chapel off Chapel - Prahran, 1999
Duel Exhibition “Spirited Heartlands & Movement” Richmond Gallery, November 2002
“Recent Works” Richmond Gallery, Richmond, July 2003
Entred Archubald - Painted Tracy Bartram
Hung in the “Salon des Refus’s”, Montslavate, November 2003
Solo Exhibition, “The Freedom Movement”, Art Associates Australia- Gardner Contemporary Art, Hawthorn, July 2004
Represented in “The affordable Art Show” Melbourne with Art Associates Australia, April 2004
Solo Exhibition, “Recent Works”, Suburban 312 Gallery, December 2004
“The affordable Art Show” Melbourne with Suburban 312 Gallery, March 2005
Solo Exhibition, “Recent Works”, Private Gallery Toorak, March 2005
“The Sydney Art Show” with Suburban 312 Gallery, September 2005
Exhibition, “The Art of Romance” South Yarra Art House, July 2006
“The affordable Art Show” Melbourne with Suburban 312 Gallery, March 2007
Solo Exhibition, Suburban 312 Gallery, August 2006
Solo Exhibition, “Recent Works”, Balwyn Cafe Gallery, April 2007
Solo Exhibition, Manyung Gallery, March 2007
Artz Blitz 2007, Kingston Art Centre, March 2007
“The Sydney Art Show” with Suburban 312 Gallery, April 2007
Exhibition, Suburban 312 Gallery, August 2007
1st, 2nd and 3rd Peoples Choice Award, St Kevins 37th Annual Art ShowMay 2007
Exhibition, A Sensual September, Manyung Gallery Mt. Eliza, September 2007
Solo Exhibition,Rhythms of the Sea, Manyung Gallery Mt. Eliza, November 2007
Exhibition, South Yarra Art House, December 2007
Exhibition, Tusk Gallery South Yarra, February 2008
Solo Exhibition, In New York, Suburban 312 Gallery, March 2008
Exhibition, Brush Strokes for Infant Strokes, Royal Childrens Hospital Fund raising, July 2008
Solo Exhibiton, Freedom of Movement, Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza, October 2008
Exhibition, Postsea Art Gallery, December 2008
Exhibited, Postcards, Watson Fine Art Gallery, Burwood Road Hawthorn, December 2008
Solo Exhibition, Suburban 312 Gallery, May 2009
Exhibited, Belvedere Vodka Art Exhibition, McCulloch Gallery, Rankins Lane Melbourne, June 2009
Joint Exhibition, McCulloch Gallery, Rankins Lane Melbourne, July 2009
Solo Exhibiton, Glenferrie Contemporary Art, October 2009
Exhibited, Sydney Art 2009, October 2009
Solo Exhibition, Suburban 312 Gallery, December 2009
Very Special Kids Art Exhibition, March 2010
Mornington Peninsula Art Show, April 2010
Art Show Sorrento, May 2010
“Art Melbourne” with Suburban 312 Gallery, April 2010
Solo Exhibiton, Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza, May 2010
Art Show Sorrento, May 2010
2nd Prize Peoples Choice Award, April 2010
Mornington Peninsula Art Show, May 2010
Painting on location South France Jul-Nov 2010
Exhibited Archibald Prize , April 2011 Finalist for portrait of Quentin Bryce
Exhibited Camberwell Rotary Art Show, April 2011 Highly Commended
Exhibited Art Red Hill, May 2011
Exhibited Camberwell Rotary Art Show, April 2012,2 Highly Commended
“Salon des Refusés” 2012

3 Archibald Prize entries
“Salon des Refusés” Finalist 2003
1st, 2nd & 3rd Peoples Choice Award, St Kevins 37th Annual Art Show
28 Solo Exhibitions 2004-2011
25 group Exhibitions 2002-2010
Highly Commended Camberwell Rotary Art Show 2011
Archibald Prize Finalist 2011
Highly Commended Camberwell Rotary Art Show 2012
Winner “Salon des Refusés” Peoples Choice 2012

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Associated Exhibitions

Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2018
Manyung Gallery Group
15 November - 18 November, 2018
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A masterful exhibition | Barbara Tyson
Mt Eliza | Flinders | Sorrento
1 June - 30 June, 2018
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Sea, Sky, and Space
A Group Exhibition
13 January - 24 January, 2018
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Barbara Tyson New Works
Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza
21 October - 28 October, 2016
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Beaches, Seas and Sport
Manyung Gallery Sorrento
19 December, 2015 - 10 January, 2016
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Blues Of Summer
Manyung Gallery Sorrento
31 October - 25 November, 2015
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Barbara Tyson
Manyung Gallery Sorrento
23 January - 12 February, 2015
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Barbara Tyson
Manyung at Sorrento
16 November - 5 December, 2013
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