Jeanette Barnes studied Fine Art at Liverpool Polytechnic in the early 1980’s.
Originally from a small Lancashire mill town Barnes became fascinated by the architecture, people and energy of the city and this has been her subject ever since.
She attained a Post-Graduate in painting at the Royal Academy Schools and was then awarded a Henry Moore scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art for an MA in printmaking. Whilst continuing with her own practice and maintaining a studio in East London, since graduating she has taught drawing on the Royal Academy of Arts Outreach programme and is also a drawing and printmaking tutor at the Royal Drawing School.
Drawing has always been the key to her practice and she enjoys working on a large scale, these finished drawings are not about one moment in time, but a history of events, a visual diary of change often taking many months to complete. To make these works Barnes produces a variety of sketches on location and rapidly executed compositional plans. She seeks to explore the relationships between the built environment and those who inhabit it, figures are sometimes of central importance or of implied presence. Often working on projects of construction she is fascinated by the way major cities reinvent themselves and has recently begun to make urban monotypes, enjoying the painterly quality and freshness of this medium.
Her works are in private and corporate collections including Foster+Partners, Battersea Power Station, Hammersons UK and Manchester City Art Gallery.
2018 Metropolis - Felix & Spear, London (Press Release)
Hugh Casson Drawing Prize, Royal Academy of Arts - Summer Exhibition, Lynn Pinter Stainers, ING Print support award, Discerning Eye, Jerwood Drawing prizes, Hunting group, and Richard Ford Spanish Scholarship, Henry Moore Scholarship, John Moores,Scholarship
2011 - Drawing Projects - Black Dog Publishers, 2010 - Blueprint Architectural Magazine, 2010 - Guardian Newspaper - Drawing Supplement