Sukhi Barber was born in Hertfordshire, England. From an early age she was drawn to the classical and ancient traditions of art and philosophy, which led her to undertake a traditional sculptural training at The City and Guilds of London Art School. There she gained a firm grasp of figurative clay modeling and life drawing, graduating in 1995 with the prize for sculpture, and a scholarship from Madame Tussauds.
After graduation Sukhi traveled to India, captivated by the timeless quality of peace and balance that she found in Asian art. Settling in Kathmandu, Nepal, she spent the next twelve years studying Buddhist philosophy and producing sculptures based on the traditional techniques of stone carving and lost-wax bronze casting.
Sukhi's sculptures are intended to bridge the cultures of East and West. Embodying the peace and compositional balance of ancient devotional art, they represent complex philosophical ideas with a simplicity and clarity that renders them accessible to the Western viewer. Exploring themes of hidden potentials, and the transcendence of our limiting view of a solid reality, her work often represents the negative space as being as important as the material itself, implying the dance of form and spirit, a constant state of transformation.
2000 - 2007
Studying, and working in, traditional techniques of lost-wax bronze casting Patan, Kathmandu. Nepal
Apprenticeship in traditional soapstone carving, Mahabalipuram, India
1992 - 1995
City and Guilds of London Art School, Kennington, London
Fine Art Sculpture Degree under Alan Sly
1990 - 1991
Cambridge Arts Tutors, Cambridge, Art Foundation Course
Two sculptures short-listed for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London
Scholarship prize from Madame Tussauds
City and Guilds of London Art School, sculpture prize