Min. Norton expresses condolences on the passing of Patrick Barrington

The Hon. Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton has extended sincerest condolences to the relatives, friends and fans of Guyana-born painter, Patrick Barrington.

Barrington recently passed away in England where he had settled with his now deceased Viennese wife, Hanna, during the 1950s.  He was 88 years old.

Barrington had gone to England on an art scholarship provided by the Booker Sugar Company. After settling in London, the artist took up electrical engineering as a profession to earn a steady income. But this did not diminish his love for painting.

Today, Barrington’s work hangs captivatingly in the National Gallery of Art located on Vlissengen Road in Georgetown.

Most of his pieces portrayed the beauty of his Guyanese childhood. From cane cutters to shanty town rooftops, Barrington’s work depicted the wonders of British Guiana – his home.

According to his obituary published by The Guardian, Barrington also had a love for building things using random materials.

Once while listening to the radio with his cat Felix, Barrington built a guitar and violin, along with a sun hat from a cornflakes box.

The painter is survived by his four siblings. It is hoped that they will find comfort in the fact that Barrington’s work remain tangible aspects of Guyana’s history. His pieces will continue to inspire generations of new artists.

May he find eternal rest.

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