Barry MacPherson was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1950. He spent his early years in Cape Breton and later his family moved to Antigonish, a small university town on the mainland. In 1967, on a trip to Montreal, his father took him to see paintings by the great masters: Renoir, Matisse and Gauguin, to name a few. He was overwhelmed by the beauty of the paintings and realized that he wanted to be an artist. He enrolled at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1968. His two main disciplines were Projects and Painting.
In 1973, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After graduating, he pursued his career as an artist. He also taught photography, painting, film making and animation to children and adults.
Barry works mostly in oils and strives to achieve a visual statement in his work resulting from a selected theme or word definition that seems relevant at a given moment. As well some of his paintings reflect a stillness or solitary disquiet within the context of the human condition. Much of his work reaches from influences from the past and placed into the now. Barry has participated in exhibitions in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New York.
Barry currently resides in Montreal and is a member of The Montreal Art Center where he shares studio space with other local artists and exhibits his work. He is presently a participating artist in the exhibition “Traffic” Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980.