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BOB BARKER




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10-41a
Here I Go Again
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10-42a
Storms Never Last
$640.00

 

10-43a
Chips And Gravy
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10-38a
Today Is A Good Day
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10-39a
Love In The Rain
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10-40a
Catch Me If You Can
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Today Is A Good Day
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Love In The Rain
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10-40a
Catch Me If You Can
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10-35a
Best Of Three
$278.00

 

10-36a
After School Club
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10-37a
See Ya Tomarra
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10-1
After the Day is Done
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10-2
The Walk Home
$360.00

 

10-3
Downhill All the Way
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10-4
Goodnight Sweetheart
$1000.00

 

10-5
The Lamplighter
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10-6
As the Day Begins
$840.00







10-7
Heading Home
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10-8
Reflections of Time
$880.00

 

10-9
Hopscotch Alley
$260.00







10-10A
Time Stands Still
$830.00

 

10-11A
A Walk Down Memory Lane
$685.00

 

10-12A
Back Street Boys
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10-13A
Together Forever
$730.00

 

10-14A
Where The Heart Is
$800.00

 

10-15A
Eternal Love
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10-16A
Memories Are Made Of This
$800.00

 

10-17A
Oh What A Night
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10-18A
Worlds Apart
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10-20A
A Tale Of Two Cities
$570.00

 

10-21A
Together As One
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10-22A
Where Dreams Come True
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10-26A
For You My Love
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10-27A
Endless Love
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10-28A
Wet Feet Warm Heart
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10-269A
Heart and Dreams
$642.00

 

10-30A
Dream The Impossible Dream
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10-31A
Where The Heart Is
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10-32A
Waiting For You
$540.00

 

10-34A
Where Dreams Are Made Of
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10-33A
On Top Of The World
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10-19A
Where The Heart Is
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BOB BARKER









Bob Barker


HISTORY & BACKGROUND


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.


A DAY IN THE LIFE OF


As my wife will undoubtedly confirm, I am not an organised person so I do not follow any set regime to paint. Images of light, colour, content, and painting in general are constantly running around my head so I tend to paint most days, and sometimes nights, as much as I possibly can before being commandeered to do family things, such as eating, shopping and (the best bit) spending time with my grandchildren.

I have a studio at the side of my house, or as my youngest son calls it "The 'ut ". This reflects my unorganised nature; as much as I try to keep it tidy there is always paint daubed cloths, empty tea cups, bits of sketches, CD's out of their cases, open books (usually with paint smeared on them), brushes and palette knives strewn about and canvases propped and hung everywhere. It is close enough for me to shout for a constant supply of tea and I am frequently told that I never give the kettle chance to go cold. What they don't realise is that tea is so important whilst painting.

"The 'ut " looks out over my garden so I am not completely isolated as I can see who is coming and going and, being quite nosy, this is ideal, or as they say in Yorkshire, "suits mi dahn t' ground".

Basically I eat, breathe and sleep painting,

And I love every minute of it.



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