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Colour Field Painting

One statement - one painting.

My paintings are involved with the use of sensual pure form. My concern is colour and colour manipulation in order to achieve lateral shifts across the two-dimensional surface, employing the fourth dimension (time), and to give the illusion of changing depths. Back and forth - in and out.

When painting on shaped canvases, I am working with deep and narrow spatial relationships, pulling the receding shapes up to the surface membrane and the projections back, in order to hold the dynamics of the picture plane - the point of entry to the image.

The origins of my paintings are non-objective because they start from a figurative source as opposed to pure abstraction.

In the early ‘70s pure abstraction became my prime concern - manipulating space, colour and form.

My relaxation is making drawings and studies of the female form in order to replenish the store of my original ideas.

Allen Barker ‘04

Allen in his studio with his assistant James Lawne.
Photo © John Miller.


Born 1937 Australia

National Art School, Sydney
Central School of Art, London
Studied lithography.

Solo Gallery Exhibitions
Allen Barker has had over
30 One Man gallery Shows between 1967- 1999.
England, Sweden, Holland, Tokyo, Nasaka, Japan and Vienna, Austria.

One Man Museum Exhibitions:
Ferens Art Gallery - Hull.
City Art Gallery - Manchester.
Laing Art Gallery - Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Museum and City Art Gallery - Leicester.
City Museum and Art Gallery - Portsmouth.

Public Collections:
Lismore City Art Gallery, Australia.
Sheffield Museum and City Art Gallery.
Leicester Museum and City Art Gallery.
Manchester City Art Gallery
Galerie Orez Mobile - Den Haag, Holland.
AT and T - New York.
Museum Boymans Van Beuningen - Rotterdam, Holland.
Cambridge University, Sir Norman Foster Building, Faculty of Law.

The Structured Theatre Company was formed at the ICA London 1976.

Exhibition Reviews include:
Financial Times
Sunday Times
Sunday Telegraph
Studio International
The Evening Standard
The Australian Magazine

Refer to:
Dictionary of International Biography 2004, 31st Edition, Melrose Press, Cambridge, England.
Who’s Who in Art.

Educational Experience:
Architectural Association, London. Lectured on colour, 1977 -1979.
Central Saint Martins School of Art, London. Specalist lecturer, 1978 - 2004.