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Clive Barker

Chinese Scholar's Calligraphic Brush, 2016

Polished bronze
20.5 cm high
Conceived in 2016 and cast in an edition of 8

Commissioner Gordon's Phone, 1966

Mixed media
Height 24.2 cm

Forest Green Buddha, 2016

Polished, heated and painted bronze
30 cm high
Conceived in 2016 and cast in an edition of 8

Hexagonal Brushpot, 2016

Polished bronze
15 cm high
Conceived in 2016 and cast in an edition of 8

Incense Tool Vase, 2016

Polished bronze
12 cm high
Conceived in 2016 and cast in an edition of 8

Large Scholar's Rock, 2016

Polished bronze
52 cm high
Conceived in 2016 and cast in an edition of 4

Mountain Form Brushrest, 2016

Polished bronze
4 cm high
Conceived in 2016 and cast in an edition of 8

Newspaper, 1967

Chrome-plated brass
47 cm / 18½ inches long (including base) 
Conceived in 1967 this a unique piece 

Scholar's Handling Rock, 2016

Polished bronze
9 cm high
Conceived in 2016 and cast in an edition of 8

Scholar's Objects, 2016

Scholar's Objects, 2016

Scholar's Rock, 2016

Polished bronze
23 cm high
Conceived in 2016 and cast in an edition of 8

Seated Buddha Series, 2016

Polished, heated and painted bronze
30 cm high
Conceived in 2016 and cast in an edition of 8

Small Brushpot, 2016

Polished bronze
9.5 cm high
Conceived in 2016 and cast in an edition of 8

Small Scholar's Rock, 2016

Polished bronze
20 cm high
Conceived in 2016 and cast in an edition of 8

Stove and Coffee Pot, 1997

Polished brass, polished aluminium and cast iron
81.3 cm high
Unique

Table with Brushes (FB), 1992-1993

Bronze and painted cast iron
105.4 cm high
Unique

The Three Graces (In a Playboy Style), 1988-1999

Polished bronze
40 cm high
Unique

Three Hand Grenades, 1969

Chrome-plated bronze
11.5 x 21.6 x 5 cm
Edition of 6

Torso of Marianne Faithfull, 1975

Chrome plated brass
58.5 cm high
Signed, inscribed and dated underneath 

Two Violins, 1988

Polished steel
56 cm high
Conceived in 1988 this is a unique piece

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CLIVE BARKER  British, born 1940

Clive Barker is one of the leading British Pop Artists who made his name in the late sixties and for over forty years he has been working with sculpture in chrome-plated steel, bronze and brass, replicating objects from everyday life – including Coca-Cola bottles, a newspaper, buckets and even a set of false teeth. The humorous touches and the acceptance of the banal and the kitsch contribute to the originality of Barker's work.

Born in Luton, Barker studied at the local college of art and technology but left art school as it failed to meet his expectations, to work on the car production assembly line at Vauxhall Motors in Luton.

His experience of working with leather and chrome proved decisive on his choice of materials for his sculptures, leading Barker not only to apply chrome finishes but also to work primarily in polished cast metals.

In 1961 he moved to London and for a time acted as technical assistant to the artist, Richard Smith.
In 1963 he began making his first sculptures. His first one-man exhibitions were held in London at the Robert Fraser Gallery in 1968 and at the Hannover Gallery in 1969.

Barker has produced works depicting artist friends including Allen Jones, David Hockney, Marianne Faithfull, Francis Bacon amongst others, but the main focus work remains firmly on his cast sculptures and on an imaginative reworking of the still-life tradition.

Barker’s work has been widely exhibited at high-profile galleries and included in many of the most important Pop Art shows worldwide.

Public collections include:
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London
British Council
British Museum, London
Contemporary Arts Society
Imperial War Museum, London
National Portrait Gallery, London
Tate, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton
Berardo Collection, Sintra Museum of Modern Art, Sintra, Portugal
Städtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA

Catalogue Raisonné
An Jo FERMON and Marco LIVINGSTONE. Clive Barker. Sculpture. Catalogue Raisonné 1958-2000. Milan, Italy, 2002.