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Clive Barker (1940-), Sculptor

Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Clive Barker was born in Luton, Bedfordshire. He studied at the local college of art and technology, and had his first solo exhibition in 1968 at Robert Fraser Gallery, London. After leaving art school he spent some time working on the car production assembly line at Vauxhall Motors in Luton. In 1961 he moved to London and for a time acted as technical assistant to the artist, Richard Smith. From 1963 he began making sculptures. These were facsimiles of everyday objects, such as buckets or Coca Cola bottles cast in bronze and chrome-plated, employing techniques he was familiar with from Vauxhall Motors.

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Francis Bacon

by Clive Barker
gilt bronze mask, 1969
NPG 5844


Peter Blake

by Clive Barker
collage, 1983
NPG 5845


Pete Townshend

by Clive Barker
coloured crayon on paper, 1983
On display in Room 37 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5880


Barry Flanagan

by Clive Barker
coloured crayon on paper, 1984
NPG 5879


Allen Jones

by Clive Barker
coloured crayon on paper, 1984
NPG 5878