PAINTINGS BY DUNCAN BARKER
from 3 March 2018
SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
17 Boulevard Gambetta, Uzès
Siret No: 80049091400010
30330 La Bastide d'Engras
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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