Sideline Pursuits

Silk scarf, section

Ascher Scarf – Neptune

Silk scarf, Zika Ascher "Artists' Squares" project 1

Fashion Accessories
designed between 1951 and 1953

Two-tone silkscreen print on pure pre-died silk, produced in seven different background colours

One of two drawings, detail

Bath Festival Street Banner theatre-related décor

Theatre-related Designs

Décor for 'The Colonnades'
Bath, Somerset, England
in celebration of the Bath Festival of the Arts, June 1964

Impromptu sketches drawn recto and verso on a manilla envelope


Daphnis and Chloé dance-related painting

Graphics / Paintings

Oil on canvas
signed and dated: Barry Kay 1956
76 x 105 cm; 30 x 41.3 ins

Barry Kay created this painting depicting a pastoral scene with the god Pan and a pair of lovers in early 1956. It is believed to have first been shown at the Peter Bray Gallery, Melbourne. The exhibition opened in February of the same year, just prior to Kay settling in London. In a statement, dated 30 June 1956, the gallery records the sale of 'Daphnis and Chloé'.

In June 2009, a painting by Kay had been sold at a 'Sunday Art Auction' arranged by the Melbourne auctioneers Leonard Joel. Unaware of what the sales item represents, it was offered as "Landscape with Figures". It may, however, well be the very "Daphnis and Chloé" originally sold by Peter Bray.

In 1955, Kay had already exhibited paintings and designs for the theatre at Peter Bray's.

Private Australian collection



Graphics / Paintings

Brush drawing depicting a view of Mornington Beach, Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne

Watercolour, gouache and partial we-in-wet technique on paper
42 x 59.4 cm; 16.5 x 23.4 in

Inscribed: Mornington; signed: Barry Kay
believed to have been created in 1956

Tapestry, figurine & setting, section of design

Performing Arts Tapestries theatre-related designs

Theatre-related Designs2

Barry Kay's designs were intended as permanent installations in one of the foyers of the newly built State Theatre at the Victorian Arts Centre (since 2003 known as Arts Centre Melbourne), Melbourne. The four tableaux he created were to be hand-woven into tapestries. To harmonize his designs with their destined environment, he utilized monochrome vintage engravings to attain subtly homogeneous collage compositions illustrating the performing arts throughout the centuries.

Created 24 February 1983 - 19 March 1984


Two Figures in Swimsuits drawing

Graphics / Paintings

A girl and a boy holding a fish

Brush drawing
Watercolour, gouache and white highlihgting on paper
22 x 27 cm; 8.7 x 10.6 in

Inscribed: Jo Sammy [? indecipherable] & fish
Signed and dated: Barry 53

Believed to have beeen created in Melbourne

Private collection, United Kingdom