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Sara Barker

British, b. 1980

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Sara Barker

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British, b. 1980

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Biography

Structures that exist at the border between painting and sculpture, Barker’s linear artworks call attention to the physicality of vacant spaces. Like hovering, three-dimensional sketches, Barker’s aluminum, steel, brass, and wood frames present the materiality of her chosen media in a new light. Given closer inspection, her spare, skeletal pieces coated with canvas, gouache, oil, and watercolor, reveal themselves as collage-like and painterly, appearing to almost vibrate. Barker’s representations of space draw on the modernist styles of Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse, and the artist also looks to Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois, influenced by their ability to imbue physical objects with loose, gestural qualities. The writings of Virginia Woolf and Emily Dickinson, too, have influenced Barker’s overwhelmingly romantic works of simple visuals imbued with deep meaning.

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Biography

Structures that exist at the border between painting and sculpture, Barker’s linear artworks call attention to the physicality of vacant spaces. Like hovering, three-dimensional sketches, Barker’s aluminum, steel, brass, and wood frames present the materiality of her chosen media in a new light. Given closer inspection, her spare, skeletal pieces coated with canvas, gouache, oil, and watercolor, reveal themselves as collage-like and painterly, appearing to almost vibrate. Barker’s representations of space draw on the modernist styles of Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse, and the artist also looks to Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois, influenced by their ability to imbue physical objects with loose, gestural qualities. The writings of Virginia Woolf and Emily Dickinson, too, have influenced Barker’s overwhelmingly romantic works of simple visuals imbued with deep meaning.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Neue Nationalgalerie
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more