Brisbane Artist Clinton Barker farewells painting bound for Singapore

Stephen Baggaley | 12-Jan-2017
First overseas sale for Brisbane artist Clinton Barker.
Clinton Barker with his painting at Woolloongabba Art Gallery
The good news for Brisbane artist Clinton Barker came when he heard that his painting, "Beach Party On The Moon (Revisited)", had been purchased by a leading Singapore art collector.

This painting measuring 120 x 240 cm was the largest of 18 works Barker exhibited in his December exhibition at the Woolloongabba Art Gallery.

Originally seen there by its new owner, the sale was confirmed after it had been assessed by an independent adviser.

This came on top of another sale earlier that month at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery's where Barker had been selected to compete in the 41st Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards.

His entry entitled "Dynamo" was bought by an Australian collector.

Barker is taking these two sales in quick succession as signs that his reputation as a professional artist is expanding.

"The arts world is very competitive," he says. "There are many artists who have already established a place in it, and we newcomers have to work hard to make our way."

"I've had good ongoing sales, have won a few awards, and have been commissioned for new works," Barker explains, "so I'm feeling confident for the future."

Barker will exhibit again at the Woolloongabba Art Gallery later this year and other activities will be announced shortly.

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