Clive Barker, ‘Vase of Flowers with Brush’, 1981, Whitford Fine Art

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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

Solo Shows

London, United Kingdom,
Clive Barker: Portraits

Group Shows

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