exhibition: Barry White – Drawn to Chippendale

Barry White – Drawn to Chippendale

Showing at: Kensington Contemporary

From 14-01-2016 until 30-01-2016


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Drawn to Chippendale is Barry White’s navigation of Chippendale and its surrounds, from the commercial arteries to the back streets. In a series of pen and watercolour works, White guides us through his old haunts in whimsical vignettes that capture what so largely defines the identity of Sydney’s inner west: its architecture.

White sketches with a keen eye. His illustrations observe a coexistence of the new and old, of terraces that stand alongside high-rises, coloured by warm pastels reminiscent of the welcoming climate. These hand-drawn streetscapes overturn slick commercial projections of Sydney, as White holds up a mirror to its humbler features that smile back like the city’s crooked grin.

Drawn to Chippendale stands as a confessional of White’s love for observation, a visual document of the changing times, and a celebration of the idiosyncrasies that draw us further and further into the meandering laneways of Chippendale.

Barry White holds 20 years’ experience in the visual industries, and has lived in Sydney’s inner west for 13 years. Following an MA (Digital Design) from the University of Teesside, White has worked in TV production, animation, games development, commercial and military simulation. He has exhibited at Two Kats and a Cow Gallery in Brighton, UK, Breathing Colours Art Gallery in Balmain, Sydney and has been shortlisted twice as a Mosman Art Prize finalist at Mosman Gallery in 2011 and 2014.

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