NOEL BARKER

 

naïve art gallery

"I paint in a naïve style because I love it. I have captured my travels, local scenes, family and friends in vivid colour and  a lively form that epitomizes my  own sense of fun and mischievousness. Even at my age those are qualities that have never dimmed with the years and it is perhaps that very child-like view of the world that provides the sparkle we all need in life"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Naïve Art may be considered the last refuge of the untrained artist but it certainly provides a vivid, colourful depiction of life.  From cave paintings to the present day, naïve art has traversed the millennia. As noted in the World Encyclopedia of Naïve Art; (Bihalji-Merin and Tomasevic), so-called “primitive people,” living in the Stone Age, looked to their immediate surroundings for inspiration, depicting animals whom they feared and those whom they herded; the female figure as a fertility symbol; and man in his manifold role of huntsman, herdsman and tiller of the soil.

 

Two of Britain's most celebrated naive artists are Beryl Cook, who had no formal training and who paints the humour she sees in everyday life and LS Lowry, who had a full time job as a rent collector and made the childlike drawing of 'matchstick' people on the streets of Manchester highly popular.  Two very unique and idividual styles of naive painting.

 

But enough of that. I have no formal training and paint in a naïve style because I love it and I still continue to experiment with derivative styles. I have captured my travels, local scenes, family and friends in vivid colour and  a lively form that epitomizes my  own sense of fun and mischievousness. Even at my age those are qualities that have never dimmed with the years and it is perhaps that very child-like view of the world that provides the sparkle we all need in life.

 

Do not hesitate to contact my daughter Georgie if you are interested in any of my paintings.

Galleries that have exhibited Noel's work

Anna Mei Chadwick

Artamain

Ash Barn

Barbican

Bozman Gallery

Battersea Contemporary Art

Candover Gallery

Century Gallery

Courcoux & Courcoux

Crane Gallery

Festival Theatre

Gallery 21

Gallery Naive

Harrods

Landmark Art Fair

Limited Editions

Mall Gallery

Medici Gallery

Nankey Gallery

Roger Baresel Pop Up Gallery

RONA

Round House

Royal Academy of Arts

Skipworth Gallery

Stuart Gallery

Thatched Cottage

The Little Picture Gallery

Webbs Gallery

Worlds End Gallery

Wykeham Gallery

Wylma Wayne Gallery

London

Hamble

Petersfield

London

Plettenberg. S.Africa

London

Alresford

Datchet

Stockbridge

London

London

Ringwood

Melbourne Aus.

London

London

Teddington

London

London

Nr. Amsterdam

Chelsea

London

London

London

Winchester

Alresford

West Meon

Cornwall

London

London

Stockbridge

London