New Collection by Bob Barker

Artworx Gallery are proud to present a brand new collection of iconic paintings by Yorkshire Artist, Bob Barker. Bob Barker’s work is popularly collected due to its romantic quality, proving there is always hope even in the darkest of days. Barker’s work is centred around an open narrative with a small flash of colour giving a spark of love, nostalgia and optimism.

Doing A Banksy by Bob Barker

Doing A Banksy by Bob Barker

Whatever The Weather by Bob Barker

Whatever The Weather by Bob Barker

Bob goes on to talk about his work, inspiration and life experiences, “It was on Christmas morning, when I was twelve years old, that my mother gave me one of the best presents I have ever received – an oil painting set. That was the start and I have been painting ever since. I was immediately captivated by what could be achieved with a brush, some oil paint and a few small squares of hardboard; I used to paint on the reverse side because I thought it looked like proper canvas.”

“My mother was a weaver in a mill not far from my school and when my day there ended, I used to walk to the mill and wait for her to finish work. I loved the smell of the looms and talked to everybody in the spinning sheds, the burling and mending room, the winders and tuners, along with my grandmother who was the ‘cha’ lady there. This is where my love of tea comes from, as well as the images I now paint. With no formal training I have just enjoyed painting in many different styles and with numerous subjects, developing and honing my techniques of brush and palette knife.”

“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!”

Nice Weather For Ducks by Bob Barker

Nice Weather For Ducks by Bob Barker

It's A Monster by Bob Barker

It’s A Monster by Bob Barker

For more information about Bob Barker has his work visit

Bob Barker at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively please ring 01952 820397 or email info@artworx.co.uk
Artworx Gallery, 67 High Street, Newport, Shropshire TF10 7AU.

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