Clinton Barker at Work

Clinton Barker helps a Brisbane hospital in its fundraising

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Clinton Barker preparing a work for donation to a major Brisbane hospital in support of a forthcoming fundraising event.

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Clinton Barker doing more work on a painting to be donated to a forthcoming fundraising event. This shows how he builds from abstract design to a stage where distinct figures emerge.

Clinton Barker working on a lithographic plate

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Clinton Barker working on a lithographic plate for use in the publication of a book by Brisbane’s Grey Hand Press. Photograph taken by Chris Hagen.

For information about Grey Hand Press, see http://www.greyhandpress.com/.

Clinton Barker shares his joy at the arrival of 2017

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Happy New Year! I hope we all enjoy happiness, health and good will in 2017.

Golden Jacaranda wins 1st Prize

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Clinton Barker with Golden Jacaranda, 1st Prize winner at Impress Printmakers’ Inaugural Print Prize 50/50 2016

(For information about Impress Printmakers Studio & Gallery see http://www.impress.org.au/)

St Vincent’s Hospitals declare commitment to Indigenous reconciliation

In 2016, more than 50 staff members from the Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne St Vincent’s Hospitals along with three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists took part in designing a three-panel art work motivated by a desire to express their commitment to reconciliation.  Entitled Reconciliation: Towards excellent health, happiness and equality, copies were to be hung in each locale and in August of that year Clinton Barker worked on printing the triptych in Basil Hall Editions’ Canberra studio.

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Clinton Barker in Basil Hall Editions Canberra studio pulling the first colour on one of the three panels for the St Vincent’s Hospitals’ reconciliation triptych.

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The triptych Reconciliation: Towards excellent health, happiness and equality was unveiled in Brisbane in October 2016 at the SVHA Senior Leadership Team Conference and is seen here with Jeffrey Samuels and Bianca Beetson, two of the artists who collaborated on the project.

(For information about Basil Hall Editions see http://www.basilhalleditions.com.au/, and for a report on this work from the St Vincent’s Hospital see p. 33 of the 2015–16 Annual Report at https://svha.org.au/svha/home/newsroom/annual-report2016)

Artist-in Residence at Basil Hall Editions

These pictures were taken during Clinton Barker’s time as artist-in-residence with Basil Hall Editions, Braidwood NSW. This took place on 1–12 February 2015 and was funded through the Regional Arts Development Fund administered by the state department Arts Queensland.

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Clinton Barker’s artist-in-residency at Basil Hall Editions was to develop his skills in etching. Here he is blocking out a design onto a circular plate 50cm in diameter.

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Clinton Barker is inking up a printing plate before doing a run in this colour.

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Sparing no expense, Basil Hall Editions had its latest staff member, Vida the guard dog, patrolling the lane way behind the studio, ensuring  Clinton Barker was safe to get on with plate making.

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Clinton Barker Working run of Burleigh Bongos, 2015 Etching using teal background: 50 x 50cm on grey Magnani paper (http://magnani-papers-australia.myshopify.com/) 56 x 76cms

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Clinton Barker Working run of Burleigh Bongos, 2015 Etching using teal background: 50 x 50cm on grey Magnani paper (http://magnani-papers-australia.myshopify.com/) 56 x 76cms

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Basil Hall of Basil Hall Editions examines Clinton Barker’s etching as it comes off the plate.

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Clinton Barker checks his etching at an advanced stage of printing.

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Clinton Barker, Burleigh Bongos, 2016, Etching 50 x 50cm on grey Magnani paper 56 x 76cm

A four-plate colour etching, this final proof was printed by Basil Hall, Clinton Barker and Rebecca Drew on 12 February 2015 at Basil Hall Editions, Braidwood, NSW at the conclusion of Clinton’s artist-in-residency.

The image comprises red, yellow, blue-black and cream plates; the cream being a final over-roll. Clinton has adapted his customary way of developing an image to his etching, and the finished product has all the painterly qualities of his canvases and the textural qualities of four deeply bitten and worked plates.

(For information about Basil Hall Editions see http://www.basilhalleditions.com.au/,  for Arts Queensland’s Regional Arts Development Fund see http://www.arts.qld.gov.au/regional-arts-development-fund and for Mangani Papers Australia see http://magnani-papers-australia.myspotify.com/)

Exhibition at Poly Gone Cowboy, Brisbane

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Clinton Barker is shown here screen printing a work for his exhibition called “Flux” which was held at Poly Gone Cowboy, Brisbane in August-September 2015.

 (For information about Poly Gone Cowboy see http://polygonecowboy.com/)

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