Barry Blend was born in Chingford, Essex in 1951.
As a young man he travelled in Europe between various jobs in the U.K. by busking with his guitar. However, his passion for painting took him in another direction, which was to become his profession.
In 1984 he opened his first studio/gallery in Collioure, a picturesque fortified fishing village well known for its painters such as Matisse, Derain, Picasso, Chagall, Dufy etc.
Here he developed his distinctive style of bright colors and soft forms outlined in black: a style instantly recognisable, but not so easy to categorise.
Today he is also working in 3 dimensions. Carved in polystyrene, painted and covered in resin, his sculptures are in perfect harmony with his paintings.
Barry now lives in the neighbouring village Argeles sur Mer with his Dutch wife Tineke. They have two grown boys. He has exhibited in France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Switzerland and his paintings and sculptures can be found in private collections all over the World.