Sharon Barr is a Toronto based painter who attended York University, University of Toronto, and the Toronto School of Art. Her studies focused on Fine Arts, Art History and English Literature. She also received her Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto. Since then, Sharon has worked as a full time artist and an art instructor. Sharon’s paintings are in a wide variety of private, corporate and public collections. Large works have been featured in design magazines and television shows such as Sarah Richardson’s Design Inc., Income Property, House of Bryan and many more. Not only has her work been in many group and solo shows, Sharon has been dedicated to promoting the arts in Toronto for over 25 years through serving on many committees that support artistic community endeavours. Although her paintings are primarily abstract in nature, Sharon writes, “These paintings are self portraits; maybe not as most would instantly recognize as such, but for me, these organic forms are reflective of our own image. The bonds between animal and plant are vital for survival but the connection is deeper than sustenance. The earth is our body and its water, our fluids. Each painting is a silent visual poem to nature but they are a search for something deeper than the form.” Sharon’s artistic style captures dynamic and layered energy. and marks. The passions, power and peace found beyond organic forms are depicted in these images. Through each painting, the viewer is encouraged to explore their own connection to life and sacred natural world.

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Walk with Me

2021
Oil On Canvas
20″ x 16″
$1,400.00

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Bending

2021
Oil On Canvas
20″ x 16″
$1,400.00

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Dusk at Pink Falls

2021
Oil On Canvas
16″ x 12″
$740.00

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Mystery Unfolding

2021
Oil On Canvas
40″ x 30″
$2,400.00

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See You At Sunrise

2021
Oil On Canvas
20″ x 16′
$1,400.00

Selected Exhibitions

Westland Gallery – Abstraction – May 2020
Shane Norrie Contemporary- Verve – October 2019
Shane Norrie Contemporary – RED- July 2018
The Gordon Harrison Gallery – A Spring Affair – Barr, Harrison, Ryan, Spring 2016
Westland Gallery – Solo show – Dreams of My Garden, Winter 2016
Twist Gallery – Parks and Recreation, Fall 2015
MJG Gallery – Inside Out – Sharon Barr, Carolyn Megill, Summer 2014
Arta Gallery – Landscapes, Spring 2014
Arta Gallery – Holiday Group Show – Distillery District, Winter 2013
Todmorden Mills Papermill Art Gallery – Water – Group Show, Fall 2012
Propeller Centre for the Arts – Group Show, Spring 2011
Twist Gallery – Under the Surface – Barr, Miller, Megill, Summer 2010
Gallery 888 – various group shows, 2008 – 2010

Selected Publications

Sarah Richardson Designs “Collected ” Volume 1
Blank Spaces Magazine – March 2018 feature interview
Canadian Living – designer Peter Fallico features painting Blue Shadows
Reno and Decor – The House of Bryan – painting Winter’s Fading Path
Art Spin – artspin.com – online art app magazine – featured artist – Volume 1
The Marilyn Dennis Show – work on set courtesy of Canvas Gallery
Cityline, “Around the House” – features work Beautiful World
Sarah Richardson – set design for office – Season 4 – seven commissioned paintings
Interior Design Show – paintings featured at Design Inc. booth
Para Paints, Sarah Richardson’s New Paint Line – features Crab Tree in backdrop
Style at Home – paintings featured in various publications courtesy of Canvas Gallery
Hello Magazine – painting featured Sarah Richardson’s interview
Globe and Mail – Sarah Richardson’s column
Vancouver GH Lottery – two paintings in designer lottery home
Canadian Film Centre – Sundance Film Festival, California, “In Shadow” – paintings on set

Selected Collections

Sarah Richardson Private Collection
Mount Sinai Hospital, Palliative Care Unit
Munich Reinsurance of Canada – Canada’s central office – Toronto
SWIM Installation Mural, commissioned murals for the Province of Ontario
Toronto City Hall – Office of Councillor Paula Fletcher
Toronto Community Housing – Regent Park
Raising the Roof – Toronto

Education

Toronto School of Art – various courses
University of Toronto – Bachelor of Education
York University – Honours B.A., English and Visual Arts