Peter paints what he sees in oils, pastels and watercolours, using all of his faculties, and still gets a great kick out of people buying his work after 32 years painting for a living.
Peter paints both en plein air for smaller panels in oils, and in the studio for larger works. The larger paintings are worked up using his own photos displayed on a large screen - the next best thing to actually being before the subject. For oils Peter doesn't sketch out the composition, but rather goes straight in with a brush, then scrubs in the darks and works up the painting in layers, mostly using fast-drying Alkyd oils. For pastels, he sketches in first with charcoal and for watercolours in pencil before applying the slabs of colour or washes, respectively.
1954 Born on 3rd January in Banbury, Oxfordshire
1969 Won under 16s Ford National Painting Competition
Became golf professional 1972-1983! Won some notable tournaments.
Started painting for a living Dec 1st 1983, entirely self taught, but received much early encouragement from renowned landscape artist, Caesar Smith.
1994 Filmed by Anglia Television for a short art slot on prime-time news.
2006 Won Frank Herring Award at the annual Pastel Society Exhibition
2009 Won Ranelagh Press Award and the Stanley Grimm Award at the ROI annual exhibition
2015 Opened up new art gallery - Peter Barker Fine Art in Uppingham www.peterbarkerfineart.co.uk
2012 Derwent Prize, Leics Pastel Society (LPS)
2009 Stanley Grimm Memorial Award and the Ranelagh Press Award, ROI
2009 Gadsby Prize, LPS
2008 Society Award, LPS
2007 Gadsby Prize, LPS
2007 Public's Favourite Painting, LPS
2006 Public's Favourite Painting, LPS
2006 Frank Herring Award, The Pastel Society
2003 Top-Ten Finalist, International Artist
1969 Outright Winner, Ford Under-18 National Painting Competition
Marine House Gallery
John Noott Gallery
Iona House Gallery
Spencer Coleman Fine Art
Stamford Artists Gallery
Royal Institute of Oil Painters
Royal Society of Marine Artists
Leicestershire Pastel Society
Featured in International Artist magazine and in Master Painters of the World, UK
Peter is particularly drawn to boats and the English landscape and occasionally takes commissions for animal studies. He tends to work on location for smaller pieces and in the studio for larger works, using a combination of photographs and sketches. This artist is especially keen to retain some flexibility when working on commissions, which can take from a few days up to several weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the piece.
Numerous private commissions.