Barry Novis is British/Australian artist now permanently based in Australia where he is accepting commissions and exhibiting his work.
Collectors of Barry's art include Coldplay, Joanna Lumley, HMV Music, Hit & Run Music, Carlton Communications and the National Trust. His past commissions include paintings of John Lennon, George Harrison, Bob Marley, Elton John, David Beckham, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, David Bowie, Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Marilyn Monroe, Ellen MacArthur on B&Q during her world record attempt, and various other well known music, movie and sporting icons.
Barry's paintings, which are officially listed as investment art, have sold in London at major auction houses such as Christies and Bonhams. In honour of his contributions to charity through his art sales, Cancer Research UK created The Novis Wall at Christies St James for several of their annual art auctions.
Born in Brighton, England, in February 1944, Barry Novis grew up in less-than-comfortable circumstances with which he now credits his determination and identification with the subjects of his paintings, many of whom succeeded brilliantly despite economically deprived childhoods. Living in ‘swinging’ London during the 1960s and ‘70s, the heyday of modern pop culture, imprinted upon him a passion for music, sport and art - for colour, vibrancy and individualistic expression. From the start, Novis paintings were always larger-than-life, featuring bold strokes or multiple dots in acrylic or oil on canvas, and these days he also includes abstract in his repertoire with a salute to masters such as Pollock and Richter.