"Recipient of numerous awards, including the President’s Award at the RWA Open Photography Exhibition, Cawston exhibits widely at prestigious galleries and art fairs and his fine art photographs are now held in several notable public and private collections. His work demonstrates that in the hands of an artist of talent, photography can be a powerfully expressive medium able to create art of great beauty and to transmute the ordinary into the unexpected. Shot on a large format camera, Cawston’s images, whether landscape or cityscape, interior or figurative, display a fascination with shape, pattern, colour and texture and, coupled with metaphor and association, the poetry which these qualities can often suggest. Taken as a whole, his work seems to express an almost visceral response to the visual world."
Hugh Mooney ART Magazine
Sidestreets New York
Hard Rain: Sidestreets Barcelona
"Eve' Sidestreets, New York
Toca do Pescado
Golden Windows: Paris
Future State I
Future State II
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Swimming Pool: Cancun
Cafe in the Favela
Cuban Car; Havana
La End: Havana2
By Lamplight. Blue Windows
La End: Havana
16 - 21
Watching the World: Chonching
Fengdu; The Three Gorges Dam
Pink Lady; Moscow
This is not New York: Chonching
Russian Royale; Moscow
Seven of Diamonds
View from the Window
Two Tugs; Chonching
Paddy Fields; Burma
Gateway to the Buddha
Pipe Smoker; China
Church Steps; Moscow
House on Stilts
Morning ritual II; Moscow
Massage Parlour; Llhasa
29 - 33
Ode to Autumn
After The Rain
Through The Trees
Light of the Forest
14 - 18
"I wanted others to believe. I thought if enough of us did, if we learned to care again about the wild places from which we'd driven the magic away, then maybe it would return." - Charles de Lint, Dreams Underfoot
Bread & Soup
Head in Hands
Captured by the Music
14 - 14
Are We There Yet?
Terraced Streets of LS6
Lost and Found
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Are We there Yet?
A selection of photographs from a series depicting both Banksy's Dismaland and the wider environs of the British seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare, blurring the line between the two worlds and between art and reality.
Exhibition and book launch in the summer of 2016 in Weston-Super-Mare, Bristol and London.
Girl on the Couch
Bowling Club: Victoria Park
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revisited after 25 years. Cawston returns to complete a project he started after leaving collage, using the same Hasselblad camera and lenses but this time working on colour negative Film and also his Nikon D3 digital camera.
This promises to be a candid look at how the city, the photographer and photography itself has changed over the last 25 years.
Lost and Found
A project incorporating exhibits and photographs inspired by a family's social history,
their house and its' eclectic contents.
"Milena looked at the phantamogorical waste ...Books more books, papers...old coins. These were real things that Milena had never seen before. She began to feel an ache of jealousy, an ache of nostalgia. This is history she thought... She picked up a thick black book and opened the crinkly pages, and realised that it had not been printed. The lettering, in fantastic sweeps and swirls of black ink, had been written by hand."
The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman
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2015 - Words in Colour: The Drugstore Gallery, London
2015 - Focal Point Joint Show: Eames Fine Art. London
2014 - Exposed Art Space Moscow Solo Show
2014 - Gallery Azur Spa Belgium Solo Show
2014 - Off Arles Rencontre Arles France Solo Show
2014 - Little Big Gallery Paris Solo Show
2014 - Gallery Couture Stockholm Solo Show
2013 - Mernier Gallery London Group Show
2012 - In Flux @ The Atkinson Gallery Solo Show
2012 - Beaux Art, Bath Solo Show
2011 - Show me the Artists: London Group Show
2011 - Hinterland: London Solo Show
2010 - Avonmouth to the Amazon: Bristol Solo Show
2010 - Solo Show: Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London
2010 - Little Big Gallery: Monmatre Paris Group Show
2009 - Cuba/Italy/China: Somerset. Solo Show
2009 - On Borrowed Time': Bath. Group Show
2009 - Borderland: Collyer Bristow. London. Group Show
2015 - AAF Hamburg & Amsterdam
2015 - AAF Battersea & New York
2014 - AAF Battersea & New York
2014 - AAF Amsterdam
2014 - AAF Hamstead
2014 - Fotofever Paris
2014 - AAF Stockholm
2014 - AAF Battersea & New York
2013 - AAF Hamburg
2013 - Works on Paper London
2013 - AAF New York
2013 - AAF Brussels & Bristol
2013 - AAF Stockholm, & Battersea
2012 - AAF Hampstead
2012 - AAF New York
2011 - AAF Singapore
2011 - AAF Los Angeles & New York
2011 - London Art Fair
Muse & the Moon; Glastonbury
Limited Edition Prints are available through
Prints are generally available in three or four sizes
50 x 60cm in a portfolio edition of 35,
91x 72cm in a limited edition of 15
122 x 91cm in a limited edition of 12.
(+ 2AP's in each size)
They may also be available in a large custom size up to 8ft as part of an edition of 3
if the resolution/clarity allows.
Signed photographs can be purchased framed, mounted to aluminum, face-mounted
to acrylic or as archival prints and come with a certificate of authentication
The beautiful and condemned:
Barry Cawston’s images of abandoned buildings capture an eerie allure
By Alice-Azania Jarvis for the Independent Newspaper
There’s something very American about Barry Cawston’s photographs. It’s odd, really, since none were taken in the US; instead they feature scenes from Italy, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil – even Bristol. Yet, be it in the contrasting colours of a Havana pool, the perfect clapboards of an Avonmouth cottage, or the crooked hat of a Tibetan cowboy, Cawston’s images recall both the New World melancholy of Edward Hopper and the dazzling modernity of David Hockney’s Berkeley days.
Cawston began his career in the early 1990s. With a degree in sociology and a diploma in photography, he freelanced while nurturing his interest in fine art. Winner of the Exeter Contemporary Open and the Chairman’s Choice Award at the RWA Photographic Open, he worked with a friend Al Deane under the collective pseudonym Boris Baggs to photograph a series of English Heritage projects for their Buildings @ Risk Campaigns. Since then, he has opened the Drugstore Gallery in Axbridge, Somerset and exhibited around the world. Frequently, he says, admirers note the ghosts of painters past in his subjects: “It all began with the photo of the pool. I just stumbled across it after waking up one morning and thought: that is a photographic version of a Hockney painting. Had I been an hour later, or an hour earlier, it would have been totally different.
Though occasionally dabbling in digital photography, most of his work is done using a Wista Field camera, complete with hood, wooden tripod and bellows. “To an extent what I do is social documentation,” he says.
“There is a Quote by Minor White which I really like: ‘No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photograph It has chosen.’ Often it’s the picture or event that is in control not the photographer. I’ve experienced that many times.”
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"No matter how slow the film,
Spirit always stands still long enough
for the photographer It has chosen."
Scenes from The Concrete Jungle
Washing Lines: Manaus
Reflections: New York
New York Mornings
Etched in Stone
Fields and Fences
Strata: Junkyard Kyushu
The Will's Building
House Under the Bridge
The Road to ...
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The city of Blade Runner is not the ultramodern, but the postmodern city. It is not an orderly layout of skyscrapers and ultra-comfortable, hyper-mechanized interiors. Rather, it creates an aesthetic of decay exposing the dark side of technology, the process of disintegration....
"Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That's part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads... there's a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in a library. We have to dust things off every once in a while, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases."
Echoes From the Arboretum
A Winter's Tale
Portraits from Moldova and Ukraine
Portraits from two trips one to Chisinau in Moldova and a second to Zaporichia in Ukraine visiting orphanages, an asylum and people receiving care in their own homes.
China, Russia, Burma... the world in flux.
The Drugstore Gallery, Mendip House, Hillside, Axbridge, Somerset BS26 2AN
Tel (44) O1934 732588 Mob (44) 0794 620 7411