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Will Barras  London, UK

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About Will

Barras’ confident experimentation results in impressive brush strokes that lend a sense of tremendous momentum, particularly when paired with his astonishingly vibrant color palette. “I often use muted colors at first and build it up with washes of paint; I kind of move from one color to another, moving through the palette like it’s a journey.” Sometimes the backdrop of a piece is dark and looming, with a sudden injection of bright tones in places “to make it pop.” It is this heightened contrast that makes Barras’ pieces explode from the confines of their canvas. Perhaps the artist describes it best himself, however, likening his work to “being strapped to the front of a passenger train which is on a collision course with another train.”

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Oh please! Whatever happened to reality? Were you ever happy? I'm glad some people love your work. I don't mean to hurt your feelings.

I don't know who did this but its good and whatever you're doing keep doing it because you are GREAT at it

Oh my. So THIS is love.

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a felt that the top painting of the two featured here was far more than worthy of a poem being written about it. it is an amazing piece. the way the brust-strokes blend together, so that there really aren't any defining lines, but more this rush and blur of motion. the blue wash is a fine addition, and adds an emotion to the piece that likely wouldn't have been there before. (: great work.

and, the poem.

an inner-city rush

A feeling of falling
A thousand voices calling,
Really I??m lost.

Rain in the city
Is lost in the smoke and the fog
The smog, the exhaust
The pure exhaustion
That comes from not stopping,
And the rain comes down like acid.
Burning holes in the souls
Of the poor folk
Who didn??t know
Enough to get out of the way.

Blank faces go to blank buildings
And do their cold-hearted dealings
And cars,
No two the same,
But all without change
Drive down the freeway
To and from and going nowhere.
Faces stare
With blank eyes
While the soul is screaming:
This is a bold-faced lie!

Somewhere is freedom
Somewhere is people
Killing and feeling
And dying and trying,
And living and breathing
And just plain existing
In a world that knows how to
When it wants to.
A world that knows how
to kick off its shoes
And dance barefoot in summer mud
A world that doesn??t feel the pain
Of acid rain.

There is a feeling of falling
Of stopping
Of stalling
A glitch in operations
And the whole world stands still
While the sun tears a hole in the sky.

fantastic work, you can feel the movement

i love the first painting.. its like a retospective way of looking at ways of transportation... i love the use of color and the flowing lines... each line draws my eye to another one that takes me in a completely different direction... i also like the way no one object is given its own color scheme but rather the whole painting is a whole thought of mixed objects

These Peices are amazing! I am getting whiplash after looking at them. There is so much emotion captured on to each of them. With the first one, I feel rushed, like having to race and beat the traffic of the city.

I love your pieces! They have great energy and layering. I agree with your work process description. It is like being on the front of a train!



I love this piece;it's like the paper tore open to reveal some colorful, chaotic world underneath

These are among the most unique, creative, paintings I have ever seen. They are of such complexity and have so strong an impact on my thoughts and emotions that I want to continue looking at them. And they still manage to be beautiful as well. I'm so impressed.

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