"I looked at a lot of clouds over the last years. Ive looked at them from different angles and over the years more and more from the airplane. It has come to mean many different things to me…. cycles of weather changes…… ideas about the world outside of this globe and lately it has meant nature. During lockdown it became nature unorganised by humans... it's just doing its thing and will continue to do its thing when we are no longer on this planet." - Alvaro Barrington, 2021
“My paintings are never meant to make anybody feel dumb. I think an artist’s job is usually just to say: this is what I’m experiencing. And if it resonates with you, then that’s real; if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.” - Alvaro Barrington
Born in Venezuela to Grenadian and Haitian migrant workers, Alvaro Barrington was raised between the Caribbean and Brooklyn, New York, by a network of relatives. An unwavering commitment to community informs his wide-ranging practice. While Barrington considers himself primarily a painter, his artistic collaborations encompass exhibitions, performances, concerts, fashion, philanthropy and contributions to the Notting Hill Carnival in London.
Recent exhibitions include Nicola Vassell, New York, NY, US (forthcoming) 2021; Drug Culture: Vol ii Trust your local drug dealer, Emalin, London, UK, 2021; My words will live forever-Fuck my Name, Emalin (offsite), London, UK, 2021; You don’t do it for the man, men never notice. You just do it for yourself, you’re the fucking coldest, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FR, 2021; Garvey 1: Red to Blue, East to West, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK, 2020; Garvey 2: They eyes were watching God, Corvi-Mora, London, UK, 2020; Garvey: Sex Love Nurturing Famalay, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK, 2019; Tt x AB: Tall Boys & A Double Shot Espresso, Emalin, London, UK, 2019