About Nick Barker
Nick is a self taught artist, living in Hampshire, working predominantly in pastels, pencils and acrylic inks.
He is a coach mechanic by trade, which has given me a love and understanding of the technical detail of vehicles and aircraft, resulting in Helicopters, Aeroplanes, Cars and Truck drawings.
Being a massive fan of the Boomtown Rats and music from that era has influenced my pencil portraiture of Sir Bob and the fellow Rats along with Debbie Harry of ‘Blondie’ fame. Which has lead to a further portraits of Debbie and Fish from Marillion, both been personally signed. His work can be characterised by an expressive detail with unique realism.
The overwhelming landscapes and wildlife of Africa have inspired my wildlife work. He has been lucky enough to travel to Botswana, Tanzania, America and Australia to gather reference material to produce his drawings and pastel paintings. This coupled with visits to Zoos has given me an enormous amount of inspiration. Majestic has been honoured with the Simon Coombes Award for African Wildlife depicted in it’s habitat at the 2019 TWASI exhibition.
He has won a few awards from Dartmoor Zoo for wildlife in action, local art societies and was commended in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the year award a few years ago. He is a member of the Fareham Art Society and a coordinator of the Southern Nature Art Exhibition www.southernnatureart.com
Nick show his work at exhibitions and he is happy to take on commissions.
Badger – Acrylic
Size: 50 cm x 45 cm
Winner Takes All – Pastel, Framed
Size: 29 cm x 37 cm
What No Mint – Pastel, Framed
Size: 66 cm x 48 cm
Raccoon – Pastel, Framed
Size: 43 cm x 51 cm
Hi! – Graphite Pencil, Unframed
Size: 25 cm x 35 cm
Crashing Through – Graphite Pencil, Unframed
Size: 20 cm x 26 cm