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Barry Cogswell: Inheritance Remnants

Ferry Building, West Vancouver BC – Apr 18-May 7

Barry Cogswell - Chimeara Birdwing
Barry Cogswell, Chimeara Birdwing (2006), acrylic on birch plywood [Ferry Building, West Vancouver BC, Apr 18-May 7]r 6-29]

Barry Cogswell has been a painter, sculptor and ceramicist in Vancouver since emigrating from London in 1969. His recent paintings show details of the canopy of tropical rainforests juxtaposed with museum specimens of butterflies from the New Guinea area.

Specifically, the paintings show the Birdwing butterflies of the genera Ornithoptera. With a wingspan of up to 11 inches, these butterflies are among the largest in the world. They are also very endangered. The driving force behind Cogswell’s art is a sense of urgency about what he describes as “the current appalling destruction of the natural world.”

Barry Cogswell - O. Allotti Male & Female
Barry Cogswell, O. Allotti Male & Female (2003), acrylic on birch plywood and cherry wood [Ferry Building, West Vancouver BC, Apr 18-May 7]

His images of tropical plants and insects are highly personal to him as symbols of the millions of animals and plants he believes should be valued and protected. The compositions highlight the rarity of the New Guinea swallowtails by depicting them either in glass boxes or set to one side of the masses of foliage.

Barry Cogswell teaches sculpture in the Studio Art Program of Capilano College. For years his work has followed strong ecological themes. Proceeds from the sale of his art are donated in part to the David Suzuki Foundation for its work in nature preservation.

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Mia Johnson

Barry Cogswell - He Saw it was Good: O. Paradisae & Chimera & Tithonus
Barry Cogswell, He Saw it was Good: O. Paradisae & Chimera & Tithonus (2004), acrylic on birch plywood [Ferry Building, West Vancouver BC, Apr 18-May 7]

Barry Cogswell - Queen Alexandra's Birdwing
Barry Cogswell, Queen Alexandra's Birdwing (2004), acrylic on birch plywood [Ferry Building, West Vancouver BC, Apr 18-May 7]

Barry Cogswell - O. Rothschildi Male & Female
Barry Cogswell, O. Rothschildi Male & Female (2006), acrylic on birch plywood [Ferry Building, West Vancouver BC, Apr 18-May 7

 Tue, Apr 4, 2006