John
Barkley


Works

Prana Pulse #8


40’’ x 60’’

In It’s Time


48’’ x 72’’

Cosmic Garden Seed


48’’ x 60’’

Persisting Through


48’’ x 60’’

Spark Within


20’’ x 24’’

Seeking Substance Within


72’’ x 60’’

Enchanted Forest #2


60’’ x 48’’

Two Flames


16’’ x 20’’

Rapture #3


16’’ x 20’’

Dispersion #1


48’’ x 60’’

Again and Again


30’’ x 36’’

At the Front


20’’ x 24’’

Colours in Flight #2


24’’ x 24’’

Contraries in Motion #2


30’’ x 36’’

Emerging from Complements


30’’ x 30’’

Fire, Water, and Light


72’’ x 60’’

Fire, Water, and Light #3


72’’ x 48’’

Fire, Water, and Light #4


72’’ x 48’’

Forever Stretching


40’’ x 60’’

God Is a Woman #7


48’’ x 60’’

God is a Woman #8


60’’ x 72’’

Hatchery


36’’ x 36’’

Interior Terrain


40’’ x 48’’

Intermitent


40’’ x 48’’

In Her Embrace


60’’ x 72’’

Looking Further


30’’ x 36’’

Moving Towards Union


20’’ x 24’’

Once upon a Time


60’’ x 72’’

One Moment After (revised)


48’’ x 40’’

From the Night


30’’ x 36’’

Through Fire and Water


54’’ x 84’’

The Re-Making


60’’ x 72’’

Risen


48’’ x 72’’

Red and Green Stream of Mind


48’’ x 60’’

Released


16’’ x 20’’

Underneath It All


40’’ x 48’’

Where Things are Made


40’’ x 48’’

Always Turning


20’’ x 36’’

A New View


48’’ x 60 1/4’’

Blue Path In


48’’ x 60’’

Another View


30’’ x 60’’

River Vista


40’’ x 48’’

Rugged and Handsome Country


48’’ x 48’’

A Way In


72’’ x 60’’

An Invitation to Within


72’’ x 60’’

The Invitation


48’’ x 60’’

Entering the Threshold


72’’ x 60’’

Blue Path In #4


72’’ x 60’’

Almost There


72’’ 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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