Bob Barker Limited Edition & Original Art – M P Gallery

It was on Christmas morning, when I was twelve years old, that my mother gave me one of the best presents I have ever received – an oil painting set. That was the start and I have been painting ever since. I was immediately captivated by what could be achieved with a brush, some oil paint and a few small squares of hardboard; I used to paint on the reverse side because I thought it looked like proper canvas.

My mother was a weaver in a mill not far from my school and when my day there ended, I used to walk to the mill and wait for her to finish work. I loved the smell of the looms and talked to everybody in the spinning sheds, the burling and mending room, the winders and tuners, along with my grandmother who was the ‘cha’ lady there. This is where my love of tea comes from, as well as the images I now paint. With no formal training I have just enjoyed painting in many different styles and with numerous subjects, developing and honing my techniques of brush and palette knife.

Although I am Yorkshire born and bred, during my youth I spent a little while in Cornwall. There I met two prominent artists (Keith English & Tom Gower) and spent hours watching them paint. Conversations with them made me believe I could be a professional artist.

However, as life goes on, marriage to my lovely wife, mortgage to whoever was the cheapest, and children who I wouldn’t be without, meant that painting remained as a hobby. I ran my own business in video and media production for more than 20 years and this took me around the country and abroad, filming for many clients and running workshops teaching primary school and A-level students the art of video making. My daughter-in-law now runs the business and this has released me to achieve my lifelong dream of being a working artist.

In 2000, I started selling my paintings to local galleries and through them my work went nation-wide. My older brother Colin ever-so-nicely, yet relentlessly, forced CD’s featuring my images on to many fine art publishers. This created a good interest in my work. In 2005, I exhibited at the Autumn Fair in Birmingham and there I was introduced to Glyn Washington of Washington Green and the rest, as they say, is history.

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  • Tunnel Of Love by Bob Barker

    £455.60£648.00

    Tunnel Of Love by Bob Barker.
    For this painting, Bob took a trip to the Black Country Living Museum to explore his industrial roots. Interestingly, Bob also used to work as a Viking! Bob enjoys the technical aspect of this


  • State Of The Union by Bob Barker

    £455.60£648.00

    State Of The Union by Bob Barker.
    For this painting, Bob took a trip to the Black Country Living Museum to explore his industrial roots. Interestingly, Bob also used to work as a Viking! Bob enjoys the technical aspect of


  • Three Lions by Bob Barker

    £488.60£693.00

    Three Lions by Bob Barker.
    A charming hand-embellished canvas on board by popular artist Bob Barker.
    In celebration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Bob has created this striking football-themed piece.
    He says: “It is 52 years – over half …


  • Rose Matilda by Bob Barker

    £420.06£593.50

    Rose Matilda by Bob Barker.
    For this painting, Bob took a trip to the Black Country Living Museum to explore his industrial roots. Interestingly, Bob also used to work as a Viking! Bob enjoys the technical aspect of this piece;


  • Something Borrowed by Bob Barker

    £457.00£648.50

    Something Borrowed by Bob Barker.
    This is a twist on the usual motif of two red hearts, as there is one red and one blue. It is a turning point in someone’s life, as Bob explains: “Maybe the red heart


  • Happiness Is … by Bob Barker

    £456.20£648.50

    Hapiness Is … by Bob Barker.

    A charming hand-embellished canvas on board by popular artist Bob Barker.
    This is Bob’s favourite piece from his spring 2018 collection, as he likes the contrast of light and dark and how it looks …


  • On Me ‘Ed, Kamerad! Sculpture by Bob Barker

    £1,950.00

    On Me ‘Ed, Kamerad! by Bob Barker.
    Each bronze is cast ay an art foundry using the ”Lost Wax’ process, otherwise known as Investment Casting. Every bronze begins as an originals wax model. This is encapsulated within a ceramic silicon


  • War Horse by Bob Barker

    £566.50£789.50

    War Horse by Bob Barker.
    Wielding a near monochrome palette that is alive with dark intense shadows and pure white light, allows Barker to create an immense depth within each piece. Bob recreates his working class roots through gritty depictions


  • Is This Love by Bob Barker

    £430.00£589.00 £430.00£530.00

    Is This Love by Bob Barker.
    Wielding a near monochrome palette that is alive with dark intense shadows and pure white light, allows Barker to create an immense depth within each piece. Bob recreates his working class roots through gritty