Bob Barker | A return to yesterday

Northern Impressionist Bob Barker returns with more additions to his From Yesterday to Here  series reflecting life and love in his beloved Yorkshire, his family, friends and memories. His signature grisaille style of grey monochromes is highlighted with vibrant colour, infusing the images of the northern towns and cities he loves with great warmth, wit and humanity. Pudsey-born Bob now lives in Bradford, and after several careers - butcher, videographer and owner of a media and production house - he can now spend all his time with his first love, painting, and delighting his loyal base of collectors from his 17 years with Castle Fine Art.

Shop Bob's latest artworks below, and read on to find out about his new pieces, as ever, infused with emotion and life.

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Featured art: 'A Bit More Gravy' by Bob Barker. Limited edition giclee on canvas, £725.

Remembering a collector

Bob's new piece 'A Bit More Gravy' (available as a hand-varnished boxed canvas and a hand-varnished giclee on canvas) was inspired by Lee Bradbury, an avid collector of his work, who had a long-held dream of Bob painting a piece showing the nostalgic memory of friends playing football on the streets. Fortunately, Bob had been developing a similar idea, continuing the narrative seen earlier in 'Gravy Boys' and 'Chips and Gravy' showing children playing outside by the warm light of a chip shop. Sadly, Lee unexpectedly passed away earlier this year at the age of just 40, never getting to see the piece he had longed to see become a limited edition, so we are releasing this piece in memory of Lee's passion for Bob's paintings.

Family and friends

The other new pieces from Bob's autumn 2022 From Yesterday to Here collection have connections to his youth and his family. 'The Whole Gang' sees a group of friends gathered around a gas lamp, as they used to when Bob was a teenager. 'Loving It' is a romantic work featuring Bob's signature couple with umbrellas enjoying each other's company as they head off into the light. 'Every Sometime Day', a little girl looking out onto a darkened street, is a based on Bob's granddaughter trying to explain that her mother puts her hair into a French plait on some days and not others.

"The echoes of my past become my future paintings"

Bob Barker

Featured Artist

From the blog

Bob Barker showcases art at Leeds City Museum

20/01/2017

The nostalgic painter revealed his signature 'Northern Impressionism' style for an original artwork exhibition, including 30 oil paintings, charcoal drawings and sketches.

A return to the country with Paul Corfield

27/10/2022

Paul Corfield returns with an autumn collection of six limited edition works

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