RomeArtProgram’s Tristan Barlow to contribute to the “Throwback Thursday”
->: “Rome has a profound impact on any artist who enters the city. When strolling the streets of Rome, one’s senses are struck with beauty, cobbled streets, ruins, history, grit, aromas of coffee or the sweet smell of fruit in a market, the allure of a cafe terrace. But these things are mere pleasantries that could be gathered up from reading a book or watching a Fellini film. The immediate surface experience is seductive, but there is something more – there is perspective. There is the gravity of artists such as Bernini, Caravaggio, and Michelangelo, the gravity of their ambitions and the lasting effects of their achievements on visual language. As an artist, you are breathed in by the city and you become a part of a lineage.
This is an experience that no film can offer, no book or blog can give away the depth of what it means to be breathed in by a city and to be humbled by the power of it. This perspective then offers the ability to consider one’s self in relation to and across time and to draw unexpected parallels between the past and the future. In this city, an artist is offered a unique space in living history; within that space are the seeds of thoughts and ideas that can fill up a life time of making. In this way Rome has been an integral part of my development as an artist.
Since working as teaching assistant for the RAP Program in 2012, I spent a year studying painting with Carole Robb at the New York Studio School before moving to London, where I received my MFA in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art.
I was awarded the Red Mansion Art Prize 2014 and the Barto dos Santos Memorial Award 2015. I have been awarded residencies at the Chautauqua Institute of Art, Vermont Studio Center, and the Red Gate Residency in Beijing, China. My work has been included in the John Moores 2016 Painting Prize Exhibition, Creekside Open, Selected by Lisa Milroy in 2015, the 2015 Red Mansion ArtPrizeExhibition, and Tristan Barlow and Hans Neleman at Anita Rogers Gallery NYC”.
Rome Art Program – Art As Power