Clive Barker, ‘Gifts’, 2014, Whitford Fine Art

About Clive Barker

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.

— Submitted by Whitford Fine Art

British, b. 1940, Luton, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom

Exhibition Highlights

2015
Dallas,
International Pop
2004
London, United Kingdom,
This was Tomorrow
2001
Houston, TX, United States,
Pop Art: US-UK Connections 1956-1966
2000
Paris, France,
D'Après l'Antique
1987
London, United Kingdom,
Clive Barker: Portraits

Solo Shows

1987
London, United Kingdom,
Clive Barker: Portraits

Group Shows

2015
Dallas,
International Pop
2004
London, United Kingdom,
This was Tomorrow
2001
Houston, TX, United States,
Pop Art: US-UK Connections 1956-1966
2000
Paris, France,
D'Après l'Antique
1998
Liverpool, United Kingdom,
Modern British Art
1993
London, United Kingdom,
The Portrait Now
1988
Liverpool, United Kingdom,
Modern British Sculpture from the Collection
1986
London, United Kingdom,
Faces for the Future. New Twentieth Century Acquisitions at the National Portrait Gallery
1986
London, United Kingdom,
Forty Years of Modern Art 1945-1985
1984
London, United Kingdom,
Look! People
1981
London, United Kingdom,
British Sculpture in the 20th Century
1977
London, United Kingdom,
British Artists of the 60s
1970
London, United Kingdom,
New Multiple Art
1970
London, United Kingdom,
British Sculpture out of the Sixties
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