John Barkley

EX­PER­I­MEN­TAL PAINTER.

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De­scribe what be­ing an artist means to you. My an­swer varies from day to day. Some­times I feel like I am in com­mu­nion with the di­vine or self and that I am a cat­a­lyst for the work to emerge. At other times, I feel like I am just do­ing my job like any one else. Some­times I feel both ways. De­scribe the evo­lu­tion of your work. My work is mo­ti­vated by a need to cre­ate and was ini­tially in­flu­enced by a love of the for­est, land, lakes and rivers. I wanted to find tran­scen­dence and an­swers to my ex­is­ten­tial ques­tions. As I moved to­wards ab­strac­tion, ar­che­typal con­tent, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns and ques­tions of cos­mogony en­tered my work. Have you ever been un­able to cre­ate? Not re­ally, aside from the usual too tired or sick. But, I have had good days and bad days. The important thing is to keep work­ing, and even­tu­ally the muse ap­pears. Your suc­cess is ev­i­dent; where do you want to take it from here? I want to con­tinue to make the best paint­ings that I can, while push­ing into novel ter­ri­tory. I would like my work to help hu­man­ity progress ex­is­ten­tially and spir­i­tu­ally. What has been your proud­est mo­ment to date? Hav­ing my fa­ther, an artist, come and see my first solo ex­hibit.

THIS PAGE: John Barkley within his work; a re­cent paint­ing “Guardian Gate.” John’s work can be found in Ot­tawa at Gallerie St.Lau­rent + Hill and Gallery 3

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