Clive Barker
British, born 1940
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
International Pop,
Dallas Museum of Art
This was Tomorrow,
Tate Britain
Clive Barker: Portraits,
National Portrait Gallery

Nearly five decades after emerging as a Pop artist, Clive Barker continues to make sculptures characterized by themes and techniques drawn from popular mass culture. In contrast to the abstract sculptor’s means of arranging shapes in a process of trial and error in order to create the final form, Barker’s creative process relies purely on intuition, association, and memory. Barker’s past is still central to his present work, as 1960s London and New York are brought in to echo his present-day mood. The artist’s early works celebrated the instant possibilities and freedoms of a transformed society, embodied in chrome-plated bronze casts of the every day, the banal or kitsch elements of our culture, often through the use of irony. As Barker’s technique still imbues his work with the instantaneous feeling indulgence, his current iconography contemplates and investigates the outcome of mass-consumerism proclaimed as the way forward during the heyday of Pop. In addition, Barker has introduced a radical new subject matter, placing the artist at the crossroads of West and East, the past and the present, the fame and energy of his youth and the introspective manner of his older self.