Francis Barry was born in London, England, on 16th of April, 1913. He joined the Royal Air Force in World War Two, while on a troopship to India, in 1944, he met his future wife, who was serving as a decoder with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry Society.
After the war he attended thee Hornsey School of Art obtaining diplomas in painting and education. Following his studies he moved to the Isle of Wight to teach.
Barry painted with watercolours and oil.
Barry his wife Patricia, and their two children, immigrated to Canada in 1963. He taught art at Northmount High School in Montréal and obtained his Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University, where he went on to teach for many years. During this time he explored new forms of artistic expression, such as Op Art and Abstraction.
After retiring from Concordia, Barry and his wife moved to Mississauga where he immediately got involved in the rapidly growing Mississauga arts scene. He was active with a number of arts organisations and participated in many exhibitions and one man shows. He served as a director of the Art Gallery of Mississauga and the Mississauga Arts council.
He became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the Ontario Society of Artists and lifelong member of both the Art Gallery of Mississauga and the Colour and Form Society.
His works are part of many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada.
Barry died in 2013 at the McCall Centre for Continuing Care.