Bohuslav Barlow was born as Bohuslav Klos in Bruntal, a small peasant township in Upper Moravia, Czechoslovakia in the aftermath of the Second World War. When the Iron Curtain descended his mother fled to Furstenfledbruck, a small town near Munich in Germany and soon moved on to England looking for work and left Bohuslav in the care of his grandparents. In 1955 when he was eight years old he was reunited with his mother in England and took the name of his step father, Barlow.
He got into art school at Manchester, where he was able to use oil paints for the first time, and in his own words, he never went back. He went on to study at the Central School of Art in London from where he graduated in Fine Art. He loved London, but not the College, and as a representational painter he resisted the fashion of abstract expressionism that gripped the art scene at the time. Ever the individual, he stayed true to his own style. After graduation he travelled around Europe, and to North Africa, Turkey and India. Returning to London he became an art teacher, but after just one year he resolved to earn his living as a full-time artist, and is very proud to have done just that ever since.
Bohuslav Barlow found that London did not provide the environment he craved to live as an artist and at the age of 26 moved to Todmorden in the Pennines. There he found a sense of belonging, and an artistic inspiration due to its European aspect and wild romantic scenery. He has lived there ever since, opening his own gallery, and raising his own family. His friends know him as Slavo.
Since starting to exhibit in 1973 Barlow has had several solo exhibitions and taken part in a number of prominent mixed exhibitions. His work has been exhibited in many municipal and private galleries throughout England and also in California, USA. It is held by private collectors, including the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia and the late Hon. Angus Ogilvy.
He is a northern artist who does not paint the conventional northern landscapes, but fantastical scenes, often composed of characters and props, beautiful nudes, clowns, children, puppets and toys, all playing out a surreal personal mythology.