Francis (Frank) Leopold Barry was born in London, England on 16th of April, 1913. His early gift for drawing became a love affair with art that lasted throughout his life and set the direction for his future.
He joined the RAF in World War Two as an Intelligence officer and drew many sketches of his experiences in the war in Dehli, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam and and contributed cartoons on war life to various war publications. After the war he obtained diplomas in painting and education at the Hornsey School of Art and moved to the Isle of Wight to teach and start a family. Inspired by the beauty of the island, he painted both water colours and oil paintings, and his paintings were shown in a number of galleries, including the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibitions.
In 1963 he immigrated with his wife and family to Canada. Frank taught art at Northmount High School in Montreal and obtained his M.F. A. from Concordia University, where he went on to teach for many years. During this time he was part of the thriving Quebec art scene and explored new forms. He became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and has works in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada.
After retiring from Concordia Frank and his wife Patricia moved to Mississauga where he became involved immediately in the developing Mississauga arts scene. He was active with a number of arts organisations and participated in exhibitions and one man shows. He was a Member of the Ontario Society of Artists and also a lifelong member of both the Art Gallery of Mississauga and the Colour and Form Society. He also served on the Board of the Art Gallery of Mississauga and the Mississauga Arts Council.