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“Beautiful habitations, auras of delight!”

Date: 20 May 2009 - 13 Jun 2009
Contact: Indar Pasricha

‘This ambitious exhibition takes us through half a dozen Indian states, from the great cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Calcutta, to the palaces and forts of Rajasthan and then down to Karnataka and the mosques and temples of Bidar, Bijapur and Badami. I have never seen a Julian Barrow painting that I didn’t wish to own. If our house ever caught fire, it would be our 24 photograph albums and the three Julian Barrows that I’d save first, no question about it.’ comments Nicholas Coleridge, Author and Managing Director of Condé Nast. Julian is often seen painting on the banks of the Ganges or in front of the Taj Mahal, surrounded by hordes of onlookers, like a later-day pied piper. It is this feeling of getting under the skin of India that draw collectors back to his work again and again. Be it the fruit stall set up on a Goan road, the builders’ ox cart in front of a ‘Mughal arch in Lucknow’ covered in perilous scaffolding, the children in the shade by the ‘Entrance to the Fort at Bidar’ or the misty ‘View of the Gateway of India in Mumbai’. Painting only in oils, Julian Barrow is best known for his town and landscapes as well as paintings of country houses – he has painted over 800. He is also a distinguished painter of interiors and conversation pieces. His paintings hang in private collections throughout the world. He has exhibited more than twenty five times at the Royal Academy and exhibits regularly in London, New York and the Middle East. He has been President of the Chelsea Arts Society for the last fifteen years.

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