Barbara Howey studied at Leeds University and completed a PhD in Creative practice in 2001 at Norwich School of Art and Design. She has recently exhibited in the Priseman/Seabrook collection 2015 at Huddersfield Art Gallery. The John Moores Painting Prize 2014 at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. Re-grouping at Workstation, Sheffield organised by BendIn the River 2012 and Exeter Contemporary Open at Phoenix Gallery, Exeter in 2010. She is currently chair of Paint Club East.
Barbara says of her painting ‘My work uses painting to think about issues around location and memory. I use images from the internet of places I once lived. What is interesting is that these images have very personal resonance for me even though they were taken by other people. They track the past and present by showing places that once existed, still exist or have been redeveloped. They even suggest the future through the documentation of building sites in progress. How we access personal pasts and memory through collective and cultural memory is an ongoing theme in my work.’