Barry McCann

Barry McCann

GUEST ARTIST

ABOUT BARRY MCCANN


Barry McCann was born in 1962 in Armidale New South Wales Australia. His interest in art began as a young student creating drawings for school assignments as well as drawing for home. He continued to pursue this passion and refine it through his college years, discovering it was not only a good way to earn some money, but to make new friends as well.

These talents and artistic flair proved invaluable when he became a Chef and cake decorator, but when he enrolled in an introductory watercolour course at the Canberra School of Arts in 1990, he unlocked a new world to explore. With an insatiable thirst for art knowledge, McCann dove headfirst into his artistic studies.

His studies led to discovering a book about the life and artworks of artist John Singer Sargent, who has influenced McCann ever since.  McCann studied with many leading artists in their field to build up his skills and in 2000 decided to become a professional artist. 

In 2006, travels to Great Britain and Europe served as inspiration for experimenting with mediums aside from watercolour. As a result he now almost exclusively paints in with acrylics. His pursuit of knowledge and inspiration continues to this day, taking him to some of the greatest museums and galleries in the world.

McCann’s subject matter normally involves an animated object with dramatic lighting. He enjoys the constant challenge of attempting to portray the illusion of both movement and form alongside a narrative. His quest for conveying beauty in his work is paramount, as he seeks the place where traditional, representational art is fused with more modern looks.


Special Events Include

2014 Episode 2 Season 7 on the television show Colour In Your Life.

2014 Demonstration The Art Scene Mitchell School of Arts Summer School

2014 Demonstration Wanneroo Joondalup Art Society (Inc) W.A.

2014 Demonstration Watercolour Society W.A.

2013 Episode 11 Season 4 on the television show Colour In Your Life.

2013 Demonstration The Art Scene Mitchell School of Arts Winter School



Awards and Exhibitions

2013 finalist and winner People’s Choice award Manning Art Prize

2013 finalist the Mortimore prize

2013 finalist Inglis Equine Art Prize

2012 Tradition and Transformation: Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition

2012 finalist the Mortimore prize

2012 finalist Inglis Equine Art Prize

2012 semi finalist The Doug Moran National portrait prize

2011 finalist The Mortimore Prize

2011 finalist Inglis Equine Art Prize

2011 finalist City of Perth Black Swan Prize for portraiture

2011 winner Peoples Choice The Kilgour Prize Newcastle Region Art Gallery

2010 finalist The Kilgour Prize Newcastle Region Art Gallery

2010 winner Portrait The Mortimore Prize

2010 winner prize for Portraiture Walgett Bulldust to Bitumen Art Show

2008 finalist The Archibald Prize – The Art Gallery of NSW

2008 best of show – The Mortimore Prize

2008 finalist The Kilgour Prize – Newcastle Region Art Gallery

2008 finalist The Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize

2008 finalist The Turf Monthly Equine Art Prize

2007 Highly Commended Gold Edition Equine Prize

2007 Highly Commended in rural subject/landscape Sydney Royal Arts Show

2006 finalist Australasian Turf Monthly Equine Art Prize

2005 finalist Hazelhurst Art Award – Art on Paper Sydney