John Barker

John Roland Barker (1911-1959)

Barker started out as a graphic designer, working initially as an assistant to the poster designer Austin Cooper before going freelance. As a radio operator in the Merchant Navy, Barker could do little painting during the war but from the late ’40s began a series of paintings with nautical associations, a group of which were shown at Waterhouse and Dodd in 1991.

In 1951 he was commissioned to paint a mural for the Festival of Britain in Battersea Park and another for Parliament Town Hall. He exhibited in mixed shows, notably at the Piccadilly Gallery, Cork St in 1958 with one other painter, but tragically died the following year of cancer. Lived at Fordingbridge, Hampshire.

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