Introducing the ‘Heads of Women’ series by the late John Barnicoat

Heads of Woman series by Artist John Barnicoat

A timely website update for a client today with it being International Women’s Day – I’ve just updated the website of the late artist John Barnicoat with some of his incredible work inspired by women. His ‘Heads of Women’ series was produced between 1984 and 1995 and features colourful abstract works in oil on panel. Below is a small selection of my personal favourites from the series.

Woman's Head by John Barnicoat. Photo by
‘Woman’s Head’ (#JB235) by John Barnicoat. Photo by Tom Carter
Woman's Head by John Barnicoat. Photo by
‘Woman’s Head’ (#JB239) by John Barnicoat. Photo by Tom Carter
Woman's Head by John Barnicoat
‘Woman’s Head’ (#JB242) by John Barnicoat. Photo by Tom Carter


View the full ‘Heads of Women’ series here –

Much of his archive is for sale with other pieces currently in various galleries and in collector’s homes. To enquire about purchasing his work, contact Allie Barnicoat here  –


About John Barnicoat MA ARCA (1924 – 2013)

John, brought up in Cornwall, was educated at King’s College, Taunton. At 19 he joined RNVR as a Naval Officer taking part in D-Day, Sword Beach. He read modern History at Lincoln College Oxford 1948-52 also the Ruskin School of Drawing. He studied painting at the Royal College of Art 1952-55, and became Senior Tutor at the RCA Painting School 1976-80. His first one-man exhibition was at Colette Allendy Galerie, Paris 1959.

John Barnicoat was described in ‘Exhibition Road. Painters at the Royal College of Art.’ Edited by Paul Huxley (1988), as a ‘gifted painter and highly esteemed teacher and administrator and as widely regarded as one of the most thoughtful and influential voices in art education’.

John was Head of Falmouth School of Art 1972-76; Head of Chelsea School of Art 1980-89. He wrote Posters a Concise History (Thames & Hudson 1972) translated into many languages and organised and curated exhibitions in the UK and Russia on the art of the poster.

From a young boy in Cornwall, during the war and later, he made pen and ink drawings, and was a painter of oils and works on paper using tempera, conté and acrylic. He showed continuously with one-man shows at Galerie Colette Allendy Paris (1959) Molton Gallery (Annely Juda) (1962) one-man exhibitions at the Taranman Gallery (1977-83) including the London Group (1955-1996); and his work is represented in both government and private collections.

After retirement in 1989, he made several series: drawings and oils of the bridges of London, oils of women’s heads, acrylic and conté works on paper and finally pen and wash drawings of two women, one of whom is being dressed.

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