Nelson Suter Art Society

to promote and encourage the cultivation and production of work in the visual arts

Barry Driver

Barry is a self-taught artist based in Nelson. He paints energetic abstracts with the aim of hitting that sweet spot between order and chaos, where he hopes something of his raw emotional state is captured. He is fascinated by an artwork’s ability to mean different things to different people. His motivation is simply to have his work noticed and loved.

Barry’s current favoured technique is to apply acrylic paint to glossy paper with an old credit card or something similar. He chooses such tools over brushes because he finds they allow greater freedom of expression. He works quickly in order to achieve a variety of mixing, scraping and layering effects while the paint is still partially wet.


"For me, art has no meaning without an observer. The art in a work is not, therefore, in the skills or techniques employed, but in what they capture and how it affects people. For a person to love a painting, it needs to offer a spark to their imagination and be open to their own interpretation, thereby allowing it to become part of them."