Thursday, 13 December 2012

Brian Barnes – Autumn Talk Reviewed, by Ben Kaufmann - London Mural Preservation Society

Interview with Brian Barnes - one of whose creations was the New Cross 'Riders of the Apocalypse' mural. You can read the whole piece on the blog of the London Mural Preservation Society

"Back before the clocks had shifted and we had all resigned ourselves to the persistent greys of the London winter, muralist Brian Barnes was kind enough to give a talk for the London Mural Preservation Society....."

Riders of the Apocalypse, New Cross, 1983. Mural by Brian Barnes
"In a recent interview Barnes described New Cross’ Riders of the Apocalypse as his last political mural. In it he depicted Ronald Reagan, Michael Hesseltine, Margaret Thatcher and Yuri Andrapov riding about the world on cruise missiles with a sinister, demented madness reminiscent of the concluding scene of Dr Strangelove. From their exhausts permeate fumes of money and greed whilst trees and landscapes trail from the forces of peace riding to meet them in the opposite direction. Executed in Keim paint (which Barnes recalls the laborious difficulty of working with) the work remains as fresh to this day as it ever was..."

Brian Barnes – Autumn Talk Reviewed, by Ben Kaufmann
Posted from London Mural Preservation Society

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