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Terence
Barrett

Born 1937, Sydney, NSW.
Terrence Barrett Hiding from Covid-19 mezzotint (1)

Artist Profile

Terence
Barrett

Born 1937, Sydney, NSW

While we crave the ‘real’, its identification is becoming more difficult and less certain from the milieu of images, objects and experiences that constantly bombard our senses. In this noisy, high-speed world it is hoped that there will always be room for those who (re)present simple still life objects in such a way that the viewer is encouraged to stop for a moment, reflect on the magic of the mundane and see the silence.

‘In a contemporary world, the reproduction of images has now become a trivial exercise by anyone with access to a camera, photocopier or computer. I, therefore, relish the special irony of using the mezzotint technique, a laborious printmaking process, to represent ubiquitous items such as containers used in the fast-food industry. Such items are reproduced in their millions, are familiar to countless people throughout the world, and unseen by most.’

Terence began a 43-year career in the NSW Public Service, firstly as a Survey Draughtsman, in the Registrar-General’s Department Sydney, then as an Inspector with the Public Service Board and Health. During this period he obtained tertiary qualifications in Public Administration and Business at the Institute of Technology – now University of Technology Sydney.

He retired and commenced full-time studies at the Sydney College of the Arts, a college within the University of Sydney, majoring in Printmaking.

Terrence and his wife Denise have been married for 61 years. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. For the last 54 years, they have lived in the same house in the leafy Sydney suburb of Wahroonga, where Terence has a  studio and press at the rear of the garage.

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