"Humanity is at the heart of all my work. My landscapes are either inhabited by figures or draw in the viewer to inhabit them. With human and animal paintings, it's about atmosphere and emotion - conveying emotion through pose or composition or colour and, with luck, passing on that emotion to the the viewer"

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"My mosaic paintings began as an experiment in illusion and became a lesson in painting - working with juxtapositions of colour and lines of dots.  I'd begin with an idea and start - usually from the eye of the subject - without a preliminary sketch or an outline on the canvas.  Then I'd balance one line against another until the picture was complete.  It was possible to change the colour of each dot, but not their arrangement, so the composition generally established itself as it went along.  


"I found that faces painted this way changed dramatically according to the distance from which they were viewed - often becoming disfigured when seen from more than a couple of metres. It was a real education in putting a painting together. Without this interlude - to which I may yet return - I wouldn't have been able to address myself with any confidence or vigour to my French landscapes and townscapes." 

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Figurative Paintings 2016-2017

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Figurative Art

​Duncan Barker

Artist

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Duncan Barker is pleased to accept commissions of all kinds (including decorative and mural works), and to undertake private tuition and guest-tutoring for private groups(self-catering accommodation is available - please enquire).

Mosaic-Style Paintings 2013-2015

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Archive: a selection of works in private collections

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Duncan Barker's figure studies occupy a region between dream and reality. Often vividly-coloured and loosely, hazily sketched, they evoke psychological and spiritual states, often by summoning up the mythological and religious themes of the history of art.  Love and joy are constantly present, alongside an awareness of the precariousness of life. There are broad references to contemporary troubles too, and to the imbalance between power and compassion in the world.


​Stylistically, these figures shift between the naturalistic and the abstract, the solid, the flat and the fleeting - sometimes within the same painting. Even when the figures are more tightly-drawn, the act of painting remains to the fore, often with the accretions of abandoned earlier versions still visible through the paint. Bold experiments in foreshortening and exaggeration tease the suspension of disbelief at the same time as they animate the figure and the figure's emotion.