Clive Barker (artist)

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Clive Barker
Born Clive Barker
Luton, Bedfordshire
Nationality United Kingdom British
Known for Sculpture
Notable work

Splash,[1] 1967

Sir Peter Thomas Blake,[2] 1983
Movement Pop art

Clive Barker (born 1940, Luton, Bedfordshire) is a famous British pop artist. His work is present in private and museum collections including the National Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide, the British Museum in London, the National Portrait Gallery in London, Tate in London, Städtische Kunsthalle in Mannheim, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C..


Barker was a student at Luton College of Technology and Art from 1957 until he left the course in 1959 and went to work on the assembly line at the Vauxhall Motors car factory in Luton for 18 months. While at Vauxhall, Barker realised the potential of sculptural qualities of industrially-finished objects, particularly in leather and chrome plated metal. The influence of chrome was a lasting one, leading Barker not only to apply chrome finishes but also to work primarily in polished cast metals for the rest of his life.[3]

His first one-man shows were held at the Robert Fraser Gallery in 1968 and at the Hanover Gallery in 1969. Through the 1970s, Barker's work was exhibited at high-profile galleries in London including Anthony d'Offay and in mainland Europe at Bruno Bischofberger and the Baukunst Galerie. During the 1980s and 1990s, Barker was included in numerous surveys and international exhibitions of Pop Art. In 2002 a catalogue raisonné on his work was published.

Barker is the subject of two photographic portraits in the National Portrait Gallery collection.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Barker lives in Hampstead.[5] He has two sons, Tad and Ras, from his marriage to artist Rose Bruen.[6]


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