Limited Editions by Bob Barker

Bob Barker’s work has a romantic quality that proves there is always hope even in the darkest of days. Barker’s work is usually centred around an open narrative scene with a small flash of colour giving a spark of love, nostalgia or optimism.

Storms Never Last by Bob Barker

Storms Never Last by Bob Barker

“Although I am Yorkshire born and bred, during my youth I spent a little while in Cornwall. There I met two prominent artists (Keith English & Tom Gower) and spent hours watching them paint. Conversations with them made me believe I could be a professional artist.”

“I believe that inspiration somehow comes from within. This always ‘kicks in’, so to speak, as I see ideas for paintings which are almost everywhere I look – from the sky to buildings, at dawn or at sunset, even at night under a bright moon. Add to these the weather and the pictorial list becomes endless. Nostalgia also spurs me to paint by looking back to childhood memories with adult eyes; this allows me to be quite free artistically. In my neck of the woods, with the subjects I paint, most people see soot blackened stone and polluted skies. I see colour. Like wet Sienna cobbles and Prussian blue shadows with burnt umber and cadmium skies. I view the world, along with my memories, in the subtle blended hues of my paint box. Where I live it is impossible to walk a dozen yards from home without seeing old weavers’ cottages, cotton and woollen mills, Yorkshire stone flags or cobbled streets that have been there for decades settling in and maturing, watching the landscape change around them. Every day I get to see and paint this history and people get to share it with me through my paintings. How wonderful is that!”

Never Lonely by Bob Barker

Never Lonely by Bob Barker

“Before I squeeze the first drop of oil onto my palette I sit and gaze at the blank canvas, sometimes for quite a while. With music always playing in the background I visualise the composition, change the colour of the sky, nudge buildings into new locations, make it rain and many more combinations until I am happy, in my mind, how the work is going to look. I then make a few very quick lines on the canvas, just to set the scene, because by now I am impatient to get some paint on the canvas. I do not have a set way of creating a piece as I love experimenting with the way oil paint can be applied, but I usually start with the sky as this establishes the mood and the all important light for the rest of the picture. As I enter the artistic time warp where hours seem to fly by in seconds, I tend to loosen up and paint quite quickly, getting the majority of the picture done in one sitting. Although being naturally right handed, whilst in this state, I sometimes find myself swapping the brush or palette knife to my left hand, applying a few strokes and then swapping back. Albeit, if I try to use my left hand consciously, the results would be consigned to the ‘need to be painted over pile’. When the initial painting is dry I usually re-work it by applying glazes (these are thin washes of oil paint which allow the colour of the under-painting to show through) either to the whole canvas or to individual areas, thus creating more intense contrasts which in turn achieves a more luminous quality and greater depth to the piece.”

Here I Go Again by Bob Barker

Here I Go Again by Bob Barker

For more information about Bob Barker and his work visit:

Bob Barker at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively call 01543 502971 or email
Artworx Gallery, Cedars Business Park, Avon Road, Cannock, Staffordshire WS11 1QJ.

2 Responses to “Limited Editions by Bob Barker”
  1. Kris Belyea says:

    Great article and right to the point. I don’t know if this is actually the best place to ask but do you people have any ideea where to get some professional writers? Thank you 🙂

    • Thanks for your feedback Kris, it is greatly appreciated. As for professional writers I’m not sure where you would start as I write everything for the gallery in-house including anything for magazines, newspaper, press releases, etc.

      Thank you again for your comment, if there is anything else I can help you with, just let me know.

      Kind regards,
      Ashley Corrigan
      Artworx Gallery
      01543 502971

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