David Walker Barker is an artist and collector with interests in aspects of geology and landscape evolution. His artwork is concerned with the relationship between geological and human histories and the narratives that emerge from those connections. His themes represent a sense of underlying natural processes and the human appropriation of natural material into a cultural realm identifying with a fascination for land surface, the complexity of environments, a sense of place in relation to a geological time-span and for what may be termed ‘deep nature’. Landscapes have provided reference points for a range of paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, painted constructions and cabinets housing collections of geological specimens and artifacts excavated from the landscapes that he explores and fabricated objects made to accompany them.
In much of his artwork he is concerned with the extraordinary and poignant relationship between geological and human histories, the relationship between deep time and the present moment and the narratives that emerge from these interactions. Themes have developed representing a sense of underlying natural processes and the human appropriation of natural material into a cultural realm. The materials gathered, the original locations, the artworks produced resonate together in dynamic relationships. Hence there is an interest in quarrying and mining and in the historical residue of previous excavations that have lain hidden structures visible for a brief moment in comparison to the inconceivable span of geological time. These histories are played out in the studio as he fabricates and restructures his understanding of landscapes through the images and objects he creates. In sharing his findings and the way he has himself been changed by them he comments… “The breaking down and reforming is part of the transformation of all things… in a small way I seem to be remaking the earth, or bits of it.”
He is a Companion of the Guild of St George and a member of LAND2.
His artworks have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are in public and private collections at home and abroad.
Some of David’s beautiful works on paper will be available through our online shop