Raymond Barion

Born in the Netherlands in 1946, lives and works in Antwerp

Isometric Landscapes at Upstream Gallery, may 2016. Hotel, 1980. Acrylic on canvas, 200 x 160 cm. Isometric Landscapes at Upstream Gallery, may 2016. Isometric Landscapes at Upstream Gallery, may 2016. Isometric Landscapes at Upstream Gallery, may 2016. Neon, 1981. Acrylic on canvas. 105 x 100 cm. Maginot, 1982. Acrylic on canvas, 200 x 310 cm
Raymond Barion
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Raymond Barion combined the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp with studying Art History at the University of Ghent. The combination of theory and practice is a central theme in Barion’s career. From 1975 until his retirement in 2010, Barion taught two-and-a-half days and spent the rest of his time making his own paintings: large canvasses, characterised by the use of an isometric perspective and an almost mechanical touch, influenced by drawing techniques used in architecture and the birth of the linear perspective in the Italian Renaissance.

During the 1980s, Barion spent some time in New York. He became fascinated by the way in which Manhattan, with its shiny facades, seemed to slowly transform into a huge theme park. In New York, Barion discovered the airbrush technique and made the change from sculptures to paintings. However, the interest in volumes and architectural significance remained prominent in his works. Moreover, his works show a thoroughly researched interest in mythology, literature, philosophy and art history. Barion is a well-read man; his works are influenced by the ideas of writers such as Franz Kafka, but also by philosophers, such as Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Deleuze.


Art Rotterdam

18 May - 22 May '22

Upstream Focus: Raymond Barion

22 Jan - 19 Feb '22


22 Nov '19 - 20 Feb '20

Scenarios of Desire II

5 Jul - 15 Sep '19

Vanishing Points

13 Apr - 25 May '19

Art Rotterdam 2018

8 Feb - 11 Feb '18

Parallel Perspectives

18 Jun - 17 Sep '17

Less is a Bore. Reflections on Memphis

28 Oct '16 - 11 Feb '17

Isometric Landscapes

21 May - 16 Jul '16


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