Barnaby Barford is an English artist who works primarily with ceramics to create unique narrative pieces. He works with both mass-market and antique found porcelain figurines, cutting up and exchanging elements or adding to them and repainting them, to create sculptures which are often sinister and sardonic but invariably humorous. With irony and a dark sense of English humor and satire, Barford's work explores and celebrates the human condition and draws a portrait of our contemporary lives. This focused series of pieces explores ideas of lost youth in today's society. The original figurines used are chocolate box images of childhood where even a street urchin is depicted as a romantic notion. The process of updating these figures plays as much of an important role in the work as the completed pieces.