COUNSEL FROM THE MOON – Paul Barker
1st March – 14th March
Private View 1st March 7-10pm
The exhibition will concentrate on recent work but will include some paintings from the last 30 years. All the pieces are oils, mostly on canvas with some on board. The paintings are mostly abstract with some landscapes, and vary in size from 15 centimetres (6 inches) to over a metre. Most of the work will be for sale for prices between £40 and £300.
My work is firmly in the tradition of “Lyrical Abstraction”: colourful, decorative and optimistic. There is an emphasis on pattern and movement. The most obvious comparisons might be with the St Ives painters of the last century, like Terry Frost or Patrick Heron. Among living painters the ones I feel closest to would include Gillian Ayres, Jennifer Durrant and the group associated with The Poussin Gallery.
The titles of my pictures are often poetic and mysterious but they are not meant to be clues to be deciphered. I want to suggest a mood without forcing the audience to agree with my interpretation. The names often refer to the original source of the image, helpful to me as I often work in series over a long period. Naming pictures is a bit like naming children, something memorable and attractive that they can make their own. As someone said “writing about pictures is like dancing about buildings”. Come and see for yourself.