Anne Meredith Barry was born in Toronto and graduated from the Ontario College of Art. In 1971, she made her first trip to Newfoundland and was captivated by the province’s people and landscape. She returned frequently to teach, paint and make prints, and in 1986 she purchased the former St. Michael’s Printshop on the south shore of the Avalon Peninsula. From that point on, she was adopted by the province as one of its own artists.
Barry made bold, expressive and highly coloured works that spoke of the vibrant land, water and sky. She developed a huge and appreciative audience. There were many exhibitions of her work, notably “Down North”—prints, mixed-media works, and paintings on paper—that resulted from her 1993 trip along the Labrador Coast. It was curated by the Art Gallery of Newfoundland in 1998 and circulated nationally by the University of Toronto’s Blackwood Gallery. The following year her work was included in “True North: The Landscape Tradition in Contemporary Canadian Art,” which travelled to the Kaohsiung Museum in Taipei, Taiwan.
Barry’s work is now very difficult to find in the market. Studio 21 offers an unusual opportunity to purchase a drawing from 1985 that has come available from a private collection. This drawing is closely connected to a selection that appears in the major retrospective catalogue of her work “Natural Energies” published by The Rooms , St John’s in 2007 (page 41).