Born in Africa, Hawarden based David Barnes has lived in north Wales most of his adult life. He spends much of his free time walking in the mountains of Snowdonia and the surrounding coastline and his work is a response to what he sees around him on his travels.

He qualified as a chartered accountant and spent most of his working life in professional practice. In his forties David took an Open University degree in history and economics. He then worked for several years as a tutor for the Open University, running seminars in the UK, Europe and Africa on financial management on the MBA programme.

Although David Barnes enjoyed art at school and has been an art collector for many years, it was not until he retired from the Educational world in 2006 that he began to paint seriously. Nevertheless, he progressed quickly, earning his rapid success after spending many hours in the studio. His earliest days as a painter was very much shaped by the goal of emulating the Welsh artist Kyffin Williams. David was fascinated by the brooding landscapes and sombre colours so evident in Kyffin Williams’ paintings. As a result, he began to investigate the background of the artist and was lucky enough to be invited to a private viewing where to his delight he met the artist Sir Kyffin Williams. However, he soon became fascinated by the art work of other Welsh artists and the work of the French Impressionists.

Talking about influences on his work David says: “When I did a bit of research I discovered that some of the early Impressionists - for example, Van Gogh - started using the palette knife. I went over to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam and when you see his paintings in the flesh you can see the palette knife strokes which he used. The visit proved very useful in the "learning curve.” The result of these broadening influences, coupled with David's continued experimentation with paint, has been the emergence of a distinctive style of his own. David captures the greys and browns of a North Wales landscape with brooding intensity, but he also utilises arresting splashes of colour reminiscent of the Scottish colourists. His paintings are highly textural. He uses a palette knife, painting in oils and using a thick impasto technique to produce bold strokes that add strength and texture to his paintings, giving it a sculptured feel.

David's paintings are shown in several leading British galleries and one of his paintings is exhibited in the Welsh Assembly Building in Cardiff.

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Fferm Arfordirol yng Nghymru

Fferm Arfordirol yng Nghymru

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16 x 12" - Oil on Board

Edrych Dros Bae Ceredigion

Edrych Dros Bae Ceredigion

£ 675

16 x 12" - Oil on Board

Uwchben Dyffryn Lledr

Uwchben Dyffryn Lledr

£ 675

12 x 16" - Oil on Board

Fferm yng Ngwynedd

Fferm yng Ngwynedd

£ 675

12 x 16" - Oil on Board

Welsh Hamlet

Welsh Hamlet

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8x12" - Oil on board

Visions of the Welsh Coast

Visions of the Welsh Coast

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24x30" - Oil on board

Visions of Llyn

Visions of Llyn

£ 395

10x8" - Oil on board

Upland Farm

Upland Farm

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12x10" - Oil on board

Towards the Bay

Towards the Bay

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10x8" - Oil on board

The Top Of The Pass

The Top Of The Pass

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12x10" - Oil on board

Nant Gwynant

Nant Gwynant

£ 675

16x12" - Oil on board

The Mountain Road

The Mountain Road

£ 675

16x12" - Oil on board

The Llanberis Pass

The Llanberis Pass

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16x12" - Oil on board

The Farm Track

The Farm Track

£ 675

16x12" - Oil on board

The Coastal Path

The Coastal Path

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16x24" - Oil on board

The Anglesey Coast

The Anglesey Coast

£ 975

16x24" - Oil on board

Road to the Sea

Road to the Sea

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16x12" - Oil on board

Road To The Farm

Road To The Farm

£ 675

16x12" - Oil on board

Road Across The Moor

Road Across The Moor

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10x8" - Oil on board

Over the Bwlch

Over the Bwlch

£ 495

12x10" - Oil on board

Moelwyn Farm

Moelwyn Farm

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10x8" - Oil on board

Gwynedd Road

Gwynedd Road

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12x16" - Oil on board

Gwynedd Farm

Gwynedd Farm

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10x8" - Oil on board

Farm above Betws

Farm above Betws

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16x12" - Oil on board

Eventide Across The Bay

Eventide Across The Bay

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12x16" - Oil on board

Cottages on Cardigan Bay

Cottages on Cardigan Bay

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10x8" - Oil on board

Cardigan Bay

Cardigan Bay

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16x20" - Oil on board

Aberglaslyn

Aberglaslyn

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16x12" - Oil on board

Snowdonian Farm

Snowdonian Farm

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16x12" - Oil on board

Crafnant

Crafnant

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16x12" - Oil on board

The woods below Siabod

The woods below Siabod

£ 675

16x12" - Oil on board

The Bay

The Bay

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40.5 x 30.5cm - Oil on board

Near Trearddur

Near Trearddur

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51 x 76cm - Oil on board