Glenys Barton was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1944 and studied at the Royal College of Art (1968-71). Barton lives and works in Essex, UK.
Barton has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen (1973) , The Crafts Council Gallery, London (1977) and is part of collections at The Scottish National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, and Pennsylvania State University Museum of Modern Art.
In the 1970s Glenys Barton was one of the very few British sculptors working mainly in ceramics. These works investigate geometry and illustrate an aspiration towards precision and mathematical symmetry through the industrial process of ceramic production.
In the 1980s Barton began to move towards a more figurative style, concentrating on the human form. Her work often depicts fragments of the body dislocated from the rest of itself and draw on the history of the figure in art history. She is particularly fascinated with the head and hands and is constantly seeking to achieve a 'timeless image'.
Titling is a major concern for Barton who aspires to go beyond the need for mere identification. She hopes her titles are suggestive of an extended idea or mood behind a work, open enough that they invite an element of self-projection from the viewer.