Clinton Barker is a Brisbane based Artist whose semi-abstract figurative paintings have been exhibited from Darwin to Hong Kong, New Zealand to Sydney and now with Rex-Livingston Art + Objects, Katoomba throughout April. Influenced by Abstract and Primitive Art practices and with a possible link to past Queensland and ex-Bribie Island reclusive artist Ian Fairweather, the work is strong, confident, colour filled and dynamic. Perhaps one could also mention Keith Haring, Reg Mombasa and David Larwill when looking at styles and influences on Barker’s aesthetic. Barker explains - the figures in his work tell a story, following in the footsteps of the art of global Indigenous people, who’s work often told stories of history past and present.
As an established award-winning professional artist who has shown many times in Queensland and northern NSW galleries, Barker is now represented in a significant number of collections in Australia and overseas, and it is because of the encouragement received from many friends and supporters that has led him to show his works in Katoomba.
Barker’s involvement in art began in his early childhood when he was taught printmaking skills by his grandmother. Since then he has been largely self-taught although he has been strongly influenced by other artists, curators and gallery directors.
He now works principally in oils on canvas. But his interest continues in printmaking as a discrete form of expression, and it is through this that he has worked on several major projects with Basil Hall, director of Basil Hall Editions, including the production last year of a triptych for the St Vincent's Hospitals Group.
Clinton Barker describes his work as semi-abstract figurative representation. He says, “I do however believe that my work delivers a message to the viewer, and that’s where it takes on its value as a way of communicating.”
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31 March to 23 April
opening drinks with the artist:
Saturday 31 March 2 to 4pm