After completing a Fine Art degree at Liverpool Polytechnic, Jeanette Barnes studied Fine Art at the Royal Academy Schools and Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. For the past twenty-five years she has worked on large energetic drawings of the urban landscape. Jeanette has exhibited in many group and solo shows including several times at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition and has work in many corporate and private collections. She has been awarded various scholarships and prizes, most recently the Hugh Casson Drawing Prize at the 2013 RA Summer exhibition. Jeanette has taught at the Royal Drawing School for a number of years and has been a tutor on the Royal Academy Outreach Programme for over twenty years.
Drawing is the entirety of my practice, whether drawing on a large scale at the studio, sketching outside or scraping on an etching or dry point plate. My work engages with the constant development within the urban environment. I am fascinated by the way vast architectural projects are changing the nature and demography of given areas. I seek to explore the relationship between these built environments and those who inhabit them, sometimes figures are of central importance or of implied presence. I like to use their movement as a metaphor for energy within the city and passage of time. The large pieces take many months, changing and developing, content evolving and surprising conclusions being made.