Unusually receptive to varieties of modern art that looked very different from his own, Barker produced a number of works in honour of painters he admired, reshaping their typical motifs in terms of found objects. The sleek perfection of Barker's reflective surfaces served to dematerialise the physical attributes of the sculptures and exaggerated their impersonality, their ‘hands-off' quality, while paradoxically becoming the most overt signs of his trademark style. In 1987 Barker exhibited a selection of recent oil pastel portraits, many of them depicting artist friends, but the focus of his later work remained firmly on his cast sculptures and on an imaginative reworking of the still-life tradition.
Clive Barker (exh. cat., London, Hanover Gal., 1969)
Clive Barker Portraits (exh. cat., essay N. Lynton, London, N.P.G., 1987)
M. Livingstone: Pop Art: A Continuing History (London, 1990), pp. 168–72
A. Fermon and M. Livingstone: Clive Barker (in preparation)
10 December 2000
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