Companion Way – 350mm high x 300mm square, Kerry limestone
The Nereids, 750mm diameter x 200mm thick
Patrick Barry is fascinated with the origin of stone: its formation, consistency and durability; a medium that today is his life’s passion. His practice as a sculptor explores the figurative as well as abstract forms, mining the essence of movement and the elemental energy of water. Related to the unceasing nature of ocean waves, Patrick’s abstract works are a searching for a pivotal moment in something as solid as stone. His works stretch and push concepts with the physical boundaries of what a sculpture should be both structurally and physically.
Patrick largely uses monumental limestone and Italian marble. Patrick says: “In monumental limestone the tones go from blue grey to a highly polished black. At times this contrast plays an integral part in the composition of a piece. In a series of figurative works this ability to fashion such a contrast within limestone has led to a fuller communication of ideas, allowing for an extension of the vocabulary; a pattern on the surface of the stone creating a drawing within the three dimensions of a sculpture.”
Exhibitions include: Sculpture Symposium, Blarney Castle, Cork; Kinsale Arts Week; RHA Annual Exhibition. In 2008, Patrick won the Douglas Hyde Gold Medal for Sculpture. In addition Patrick has also completed a wide range of both public & private commissions and has works collected by the OPW, UCD, and the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. Patrick is currently designing works for the Glasnevin Trust.