Bob has been painting since he received a set of oil paints at the age of 12 as a christmas gift. immediately he was captivated by what could be achieved with a brush, paint and a few small squares of hardboard. although he is yorkshire born and bred, during his youth bob barker spent time in cornwall, where he met two prominent artists (keith english & tom gower) and spent hours watching them paint. conversations with them made him believe he could be a professional artist.... more
As a yorkshire man born and bred, nostalgia spurs him to paint by looking back to childhood memories with adult eyes. memories of the mill his mother worked at as a weaver form a big influence in the images he paints now, as does the industrial footprint left in the yorkshire mill towns. bob has always maintained that where most people see soot-blackened stone and polluted skies, he sees colour - like wet sienna cobbles and prussian blue shadows with burnt umber and cadmium skies. bob views yorkshire in the subtle blended hues of his paint box, and through his art, he invites the viewer to do the same.