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Bob Barker

Born: Pudsey, West Yorkshire
Lives and works: Bradford
Exhibitions: Leeds City Museum (2017)
“The echoes of my past become my future paintings.”

Inspired by the Yorkshire mill towns that shaped his youth, Bob is known for his ‘Northern Impressionism’ style.


Since being gifted a set of oil paints as a 12-year-old boy, the artist has been captivated by what can be captured with a paintbrush. Where others see soot-blackened brick and polluted skies, Bob sees light and colour. Wielding a palette of blacks, greys and browns, he recreates his working-class roots through gritty depictions of work, love and play.

Drawing inspiration from the Old Masters, his work is a series of tableaus which immortalise the light and shadows that have captivated him for a lifetime. ​Often his signature motif of two hearts can be spotted, symbolising a feeling of togetherness. 

Bob says: “When I paint, it’s almost as if this northern light pours from my brush onto the canvas. It transforms everything it touches, from the cobbled streets to the terraced houses, mills and back alleyways.”

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Inside the world of Bob Barker

The idea for Bob's signature heart motif developed after he began doodling umbrellas and noticed a heart shape taking form. Following this, Bob asked his son and daughter-in-law to pose for him. While the concept started as an experiment, it now represents a feeling of togetherness.

Bob has recently begun to add a little more colour to each painting by building through layers of glazes. This classic technique produces subtle hints of colour while retaining the timeless ‘Bob Barker’ look and is influenced by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. 

Latest events

Bob Barker | Leeds County Arcade

We're delighted to invite you to meet nostalgic oil painter, Bob Barker. After his popular exhibition at Leeds City Museum in 2017, Bob will be returning to the city to present new pieces from his wonderful collection, Northern Impressionism.

Our latest spring releases from Bob Barker depict a nostalgic take on his youth encouraging others to reflect on their own memories. Bob also experiments with composition looking at new ways to present his work and to challenge himself as an artist. As a celebration of Bob Barker's Northern Impressionism collection, there will be an exclusive boutique edition released depicting Leeds City Hall. Come along to meet Bob at our Leeds gallery and be the first to see his new pieces alongside his boutique, 'Heart Of The City'.


From the blog

AVAILABLE NOW: Personalisable print and new works from Bob Barker

Taken from his popular Northern Impressionism collection, the latest release illustrates Bob’s mastery of light and shadow. Click to find out more about our unique personalisation opportunity.

Behind the scenes: printing our art

We’re proud of the art we create, so we’re welcoming you inside to see how it’s made. Join us as we take you on a tour of the printing process for our limited edition artworks.

Magazines and brochures

Fine Art Collector | Spring 2019

The Spring  2019 issue of Fine Art Collector is brimming with insights and news from the art world, as well as all of your favourite artists.

Fine Art Collector | Autumn 2018

This issue is brimming with insights and news from the art world, as well as all of your favourite artists.

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