Working as a professional Artist for most of his life, Barry’s enthusiasm for wildlife became apparent at an early age and then for drawing these subjects on school outings with his art classes, in the years to come he joined groups associated with wildlife and wild places.
Barry started painting wildlife while traveling in the early 1970’s and he successfully combined his love of mountaineering, bushwalking and diving with his artistic career, painting wild places and wildlife. He has worked in many areas over the years, tracking humpback Whales, sea lions and watching sharks along the coastline and following other wildlife in their natural habitat.
Ingham’s style has developed from the representational in his early days to photorealisum and then later to abstract but mainly concentrating on photorealisum as his main style of work. On a recent trip to Hinchinbrook Island he was struck with its amazing beauty and the magnitude of the area, coupled with a concern for the environment has provided the inspiration for a series of large abstracts of the area.
Barry is very meticulous. Most of the work he does is with great detail and infinite ease. He begins a painting, not only with a sketchpad, but also with a ipad, studying the life, and what ever else is available the habitats and the unique qualities of his subject. And when he finally does pick up the brush, his approach is the same. Breathing life into our wild life, and the landscape.
Barry’s reward is to see an eagle soar from his canvas. His fine detail awarded him an entry into many national wildlife art exhibitions. It has also won him public appreciation. over the years, Barry has produced over thirty limited edition prints, a number of which have sold out, and also created a publishing company, known as Wilderness Design Pty Ltd. As only some people can enjoy a Barry Ingham original in their lounge room, the release of his limited edition prints has made his artwork affordable to every one.