“every brushstroke is a Journey,
sometimes we get lost,
if we didn’t the end would always be the same”

Natasha Barnes

About Natasha

Born 1969

Painting has consumed my life since the age of 7 and defined who I would become.

Completely self-taught my journey began by transforming ordinary visual images into works of art, instinctively finding their way to my pallet and the walls of many commercial and private collections around the world.

As with all Journey’s the abstract nature of this path soon took hold and without guidance or persuasion I found myself moving in a completely different direction in a very short space of time.

My love for expressionism and movement was hard to supress. I eventually let my hand roam free, creating the many large abstract works of colour, for which I am known today.

Greatly influence by nature and the lesson provided by the Lotus flower, it is not hard to see that beautiful things do indeed come from dark places.

Astounding and inspirational that such a beautiful flower can bloom and be at ease in muddy waters. You will find this mark in all my work, look for the lotus in your painting.


In addition to numerous international art fairs, group and solo exhibitions, I have sold widely into corporate and private collections, produced artworks for Hollywood, TV, Greeting cards, Hospitality, Airlines and boardrooms.

My career did not begin with art, but instead I hold an international Grande Diplome in Cordon Bleu cookery form the Prestigious Silwood Kitchen in Rondebosch, South Africa.

I worked as a cookery editor for many years before swapping my spatula for a paint brush.

My first book, “The Culinary Adventures of a travelling Cook” is the journey of my Art & food and the canvas that brought them together.

Today I keep a studio in Ballito, South Africa, my home. Here I spend a great deal of my day doing what I love most, painting.

For fun I like marathon running and spending time in the African bush. You will always find me here in Africa, with my favourite possessions in the world, my three Feral cats.


  • Art London
  • Art Hamptons
  • Aqua Art fair Miami
  • Bangkok Art fair
  • Sofa Chicago
  • Palm Springs Art fair
  • Spectrum art fair Miami
  • Cape Town art Fair
  • World Art Dubai
  • Artexpo Malaysia
  • Artexpo New York
  • Affordable art fair Battersea
  • Affordable art fair Hampstead
  • Affordable art fair New York
  • Affordable art fair Bristol
  • Affordable art fair Paris
  • Affordable art fair Hamburg
  • Affordable art fair LA
  • Affordable art fair South Korea
  • Affordable art fair Hong Kong
  • Affordable art fair Singapore
  • Affordable art fair Brussels
  • Affordable art fair Amsterdam
  • Affordable art fair Melbourne
  • Manchester art fair
  • Edinburgh art fair
  • Décor expo Atlanta
  • Gateshead art fair, Newcastle
  • Glasgow art fair
  • Art Expo Toronto
  • Windsor contemporary art fair
  • Liverpool art fair
  • Art in the Park Pietermaritzburg
  • Birmingham NEC Spring & Autumn fairs
  • Index Dubai
  • Solo exhibitions
  • Lisa Wendt Gallery Johannesburg
  • The Lindsey Gallery, Durban SA, 2008
  • Zuva Gallery, The Boulders, Arizona, 2007
  • Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, 2006
  • Lisa Wendt Gallery, 2006, 2008
  • Kizo Gallery, Durban SA, 2010
  • Imbizo Gallery, Ballito, SA 2010, 2016, 2019

Represented Galleries

Corporate Placements

  • Ikea
  • WH Smith
  • John Lewis
  • Habitat
  • Laura Ashley international
  • Marks & Spencer’s
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Fairmount hotel group
  • Boulevard 44, Ballito South
  • Africa
  • KPMG Worldwide
  • Netcare hospitals South Africa
  • Builders Warehouse
  • Emirates Towers
  • Hyatt hotels
  • Holiday Inn
  • Protea hotels
  • American Airlines
  • Egoli TV Sitcom, South Africa
  • DSTV
  • Investec
  • PSG
  • Mettle
  • Imperio construction
  • SA Breweries
  • South African Reserve Bank
  • Fuel Group
  • Trafigura
  • Grail Africa


Natasha Barnes is considered to be one of South Africa’s most published artists. She has been represented by some of the following international Print publishers, 1998 – present day

  • Canadian Art Prints, Canada
  • Winn Deven, USA & Canada
  • Beaver House, UK
  • May Kunsthandel, Germany
  • Bentley House, USA
  • Verkerke, Germany
  • International Graphics, Germany
  • Rosenstiels, UK
  • Brushstrokes, Canada
  • Art Marketing, UK
  • Artko, UK
  • Artsmile, UK
  • Selina Ediciones, Spain
  • Indigo Art, UK
  • Ricordi, Italy
  • The Art Group, UK
  • Juma, USA
  • Art & Lights, Netherlands
  • Self-Published, Natasha Barnes Private Collection, 2014 – present day


  • Cookery Book, Culinary Adventures of a Travelling Cook, published by Random House Struik 2014
  • Greeting cards for Hallmark cards
  • Greeting cards for Marks & Spencer’s worldwide
  • Décor wall art range in Ikea, John
  • Lewis, Laura Ashley, Habitat
  • Featured in New York Times
  • China Daily
  • Mercury Durban
  • Sunday Tribune Durban
  • Ridge Magazine
  • Get it Magazine
  • Garden & home magazine
  • Slow Lounge magazine, British Airways inflight South Africa
  • Mango Airlines inflight magazine
  • Lux Estate Living, Ballito
  • American Airlines Magazine
  • Private collection retail Home range
  • Elephant ignite, Contribution & Sponsorship to wildlife in Southern Africa
  • Thanda.org
  • Selfridges London oxford street

Contact Details


+27 83 770 4976

Natasha Barnes Art