The Northern Light exhibition represents
a lifetime of observations channelled into a collection which has been more
than 12 months in the making.
Barker is an acclaimed artist and
is famed for his Northern Light impression. Working with a limited colour
palette he skilfully masters the creation of mood by drawing the viewer in to
another moment in time.
“When I paint it’s almost – at least
through my eyes – as if this northern light pours from my brush onto the
One piece in particular was quintessential
Bob Barker – Best of Times includes
all the elements that art lovers admire in the work of one of the North’s
There’s the sporting
hero, depicted as artwork within artwork in a mural on an end-terrace wall. The
young fan mimics his hero’s pose as he practices his skills, watched by a
reclining girl. There’s the element of mystery – is he showing off to her, his
very own fan; or so lost in his own dream world of footballing glory that he’s
not even aware of her presence? Is she admiring him, or the glamorous sporting
star on the wall behind him?
And the whole thing
is lit by Bob Barker’s trademark nostalgic glow – both figuratively, in those
splashes of orange from the street lamp and the narrow windows, and metaphorically:
Best of Times recalls all our
childhoods, when kids still played out on the streets before tea, and budding
romances were played out amid the warmth of the lamp-lit cobbles.
Bob Barker is one of
the Artmarket Gallery’s best-loved artists; his work is collected worldwide,
but his subject matter is largely the north of England. He’s renowned for his
sensitive and nostalgic depictions of light and colour, and sees both where
others may see only soot-blackened stone and polluted skies.
His importance as a
northern artist was enhanced by his recent exhibition at Leeds City Museum, Northern Light.
Sport is one of the
recurring themes of Bob’s art, never more celebratory than in this stunning
depiction of George Best, playing in his heyday in the iconic red shirt of
Best of Times is a framed original oil on canvas, and came to the Artmarket Gallery direct from the Northern Light exhibition at Leeds
Image size: 70 x 89cm
Framed size: 89 x 109cm
Signed by Bob Barker in the bottom left-hand corner
Title hand written on the reverse by Bob Barker in black Sharpie
Priced at £5950
A recent painting by Bob was commissioned by The Artmarket Gallery, Table for two,
depicting a couple arriving for dinner at the Pipe and Glass Inn in South Dalton near Beverley on a rainy, moonlit evening, sold out in a limited edition print of just 54 signed by both Bob and Pipe and Glass chef/owner James Mackenzie. Northern Light
can be seen at the Artmarket Gallery, 197 Hallgate, Cottingham, East Yorkshire, HU16 4BB from 27 August to 10 September 2016; entry is free of charge. The Artmarket Gallery is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays, and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.
Best Of Times Original Oil by Bob Barker at the Northern Light Exhibition