John
Barkley


Works

A New Beginning


60’’ x 72’’

Moments After


60’’ x 72’’

Towards an Embrace


48’’ x 72’’

Again and Again


30’’ x 36’’

Back and Forth


20’’ x 20’’

Colours in Flight #2


24’’ x 24’’

Contraries in Motion #2


30’’ x 36’’

Cosmic Garden Seed


48’’ x 60’’

Dispersion #1


48’’ x 60’’

Emerging from Complements


30’’ x 30’’

Emerging From Within #2


20’’ x 20’’

Enchanted Forest #2


60’’ x 48’’

Earth View


24’’ x 24’’

Fire, Water, and Light


72’’ x 60’’

Fire, Water, and Light #3


72’’ x 48’’

Fire, Water, and Light #4


72’’ x 48’’

From the Night


30’’ x 36’’

God Is a Woman #7


48’’ x 60’’

Green Thumb


24’’ x 24’’

Hatchery


36’’ x 36’’

In It’s Time


48’’ x 72’’

Interior Terrain


40’’ x 48’’

Just Before


30’’ x 30’’

Looking Further


30’’ x 36’’

Memory Traces


20’’ x 20’’

Moving Towards Union


20’’ x 24’’

Once upon a Time


60’’ x 72’’

One Moment After (revised)


48’’ x 40’’

Persisting Through


48’’ x 60’’

Prana Pulse #8


40’’ x 60’’

Rapture #3


16’’ x 20’’

Red and Green Stream of Mind


48’’ x 60’’

Released


16’’ x 20’’

Rhapsody Reflections #2


54’’ x 84’’

Risen


48’’ x 72’’

Seeking Substance Within


72’’ x 60’’

Spark Within


20’’ x 24’’

The Fire Within


20’’ x 20’’

The Re-Making


60’’ x 72’’

Through Fire and Water


54’’ x 84’’

Towards The Finish


30’’ x 30’’

Two Palette


30’’ x 30’’

Underneath It All


40’’ x 48’’

Where Things are Made


40’’ x 48’’

A New View


48’’ x 60 1/4’’

A Way In


72’’ x 60’’

Almost There


72’’ x 60’’

Always Turning


20’’ x 36’’

Another View


30’’ x 60’’

Blue Path In


48’’ x 60’’

Blue Path In #4


72’’ x 60’’

River Vista


40’’ x 48’’

Rugged and Handsome Country


48’’ x 48’’

The Invitation


48’’ x 60’’

Union


48’’ x 60’’

Winter’s Journey


36’’ x 30’’


Biography

I am an experimental painter. I have been working on my craft since 1996. I start work with a conceptual point of entry and then work intuitively, in dialogue with the work. The art making process largely determines the completion of the piece, and one work often then leads to another. My experience within the studio is a catalyst for my departure from a mode of modern secular monophasic consciousness into an experience of interconnected consciousness with nature and all living things. My environmental concerns, existential questions, and my academic interests influence the starting point. In the work I contemplate questions pertaining to ultimate meaning, death and issues of personal control.

In 2000, I wrote a Masters thesis which created a new hermeneutic of art based upon the work of Jung, Tillich, and Hiedegger, it was subsequently applied to the work of Roland Poulin. The thesis included significant discussion about the relationship between art, cosmogony, and the human psyche. In my research I have studied philosophers and theologians that challenge conventional wisdom and advocate the adoption of a new mythology. I have been developing a visual vocabulary to explore this idea.

My work is influenced by and linked to many Quebec artists. My painting application has recently been compared, by one critic, to Riopelle and Borduas, and the contrast between the organic and geometric to Charles Gagnon. I have been influenced by Poulin’s use of opposites to create tension, and his use of dark void forms. In my work I examine consciousness by using abstraction and a symbolic vocabulary. A visual vocabulary has been derived from natural elements and industry and is used as a vehicle for the examination and expression of the contemporary psyche.

– John Barkley

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