A Brush with the East

8 Sep 2011 – 30 Oct 2011

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • By Bus: Nos 61, 62 and 63 leave the city centre (Corporation Street or Navigation St). The bus stops at the bottom of Navigation Street (ask for the University).
  • By Car: Take the A38 (Bristol Road), turning onto Edgbaston Park Road. Parking is available in the University's South Car Park, with the Barber Institute situated at the top of the hill opposite King Edward's School, two minutes walk from the car pa
  • By Train: University Station is a five minute walk from the Barber Institute on the campus. Trains leave New Street station regularly and take approximately 10 minutes.
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A Brush with the East


The Barber Institute's beautiful 14th-century silk painting 'Mountainous Landscape', by Sheng Tzu-Chao, is the starting place and inspiration for contemporary painter Richard McGowan. This beautiful and tranquil picture is characterised by its graceful use of line and muted colour range, which skilfully evokes mood and provides it with a certain timeless quality. While superficiually very different to Sheng's treatment, McGowan's more abstract work emulates the former's muted colours and brings resonances of the Chinese master's landscaoe to his own canvases. McGowan's large paintings thus also evoke space and clarity, providing his own take on the themes of space and time.

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