James Barker: Bio

James Barker (b1931) Northwood - a bushy suburb of Sydney near the Lane Cove National Park.

Barker graduated from East Sydney Technical College in 1955. Fellow students in James’s year were a close knit group of artists which include Ron Lambert; Robin Lawrence; Georgina Worth; Barbara Holliday (Romalis);Wendy Learmonth; Didi (Diana) Vale-Brown.

Other students at East Sydney in the same period included Karen Oom ; Cam Sparks; Ursula Latham ( Laverty) and Elisabeth Cummings. Elisabeth was to join James in Florence some years later, where they were married and spent the ensuing years painting teaching and travelling throughout Europe.

During the period in Florence James and Elizabeth had a constant stream of visiting travellers from Australia many of them fellow art students from East Sydney. In late 1968 Elisabeth and James returned to Australia with their young son Damian, born in Florence just shortly prior to the historic and catastrophic floods of 1966.

Back in Australia, Elisabeth and James painted in and around Coal and Candle Creek, then after the commencement of the building of the “Mud Hut” at Wedderburn, Barker was very much inspired by the surrounding bush and the George’s river which was not far away. Barker painted the bush around Church Point and latterly around the southern banks of the Hawkesbury River around Brooklyn.

James Barker: CV May, 2020

Education

James Barker 1931 - 2019

Born Sydney 1931 and educated at Knox Grammar School Wahroonga.  He studied at East Sydney Technical College graduating in 1955. From 1957 - 68 James lived in Florence, Italy and travelled extensively in Europe.  He studied at the Accedemia dei Belle Arti in Florence and with Kokoschka in Salzburg.  He taught Higher Mathematics at Miss Barry's American School and English as a foreign language for the British Institute of Florrence and the Universita Popolare. In 1966 he opened his own studio in Florence for the instruction of painting and drawing.

He returned to Australia in 1968 and taught at the National Art School, University of New South Wales under Miss Lorna Nimmo and the University of Sydney with Dr Lloyd Rees.  Tutored for Adult Education and the Arts Council of Australia.

He held a number of exhibitions at the Macquarie Galleries, Woollahra Gallery, Painters Gallery - Sydney, Toorak Art Gallery – Melbourne as well as other shows in conjunction with his then wife Elisabeth Cummings at Orange, Berrima, Canberra and at the Blaxland Gallery – Sydney.

He was awarded the Fullbright Scholarship for further studies in 1956 and was a finalist in the Wynne Prize in 1968; awarded the Human Image Prize (Royal Easter Show), Fisher’s Ghost Prize Campbelltown, Leichhardt Prize (double first), Lismore Prize, Narrabri Prize, Berrima Prize, Nepean River Jubilee Prize, Portland Art Prize and the Camden Art Prize in 1976, 1979 and 1982 

1950-55
Diploma in Fine Art (Credit)
East Sydney Technical College
1952
Travelled to Ceylon
1956
Travelled to Europe

Solo exhibitions

2015
James Barker Retrospective
Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW
2001
Jill Goodwin Gallery
Leichhardt NSW
2000
Marlene Antico Fine Arts
Paddington NSW
2000
Corridor Gallery
Blackheath NSW
1996
Greenwich Galleries
Greenwich NSW
1995
Hidden Valley Gallery
1994
The Gallery Café
Annandale
1990
Painters Gallery
Sydney NSW
1988
Painters Gallery
Sydney NSW
1986
Painters Gallery
Sydney NSW
1985
Painters Gallery
Sydney NSW
1983
Painters Gallery
Sydney NSW
1982
Painters Gallery
Sydney NSW
1974
Raffin Art Gallery
Orange NSW
1974
Christopher David
Sydney NSW
1973
Oldbucks Gallery
Berrima NSW
1972
Raffin Art Gallery
Orange NSW
1972
Woollahra Art Gallery
Sydney NSW
1972
Toorak Art Gallery
Melbourne VIC
1964
Galleria F.G. (Jolly)
Pistoia, Italy
1964
British Institute
Florence Italy

Group exhibitions

2013
Class of 1955
Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW
1994
Weber's Group Exhibition
Paddington NSW

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