WAYNE BARKER
Biography

Wayne Barker is a fine artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He rose to prominence in the late 80s, at the height of political unrest under the apartheid regime. He remains one of the most prolific and influential artists to have emerged from the country. Barker’s work has featured in several global biennales, art fairs and important retrospective exhibitions. He works in various mediums, including but not limited to painting, printmaking, sculpture, video, performance and installation. In addition to collaborations with other artists, Barker has collaborated with the Qubeka Beadwork Studio based in Cape Town, South Africa, to realise large-scale glass beadworks. Major concerns have included the legacy of colonialism in South Africa, issues of land and contestation as evidenced in works referencing the paintings of J.H Pierneef, issues around race, reconciliation and accountability as well as an evidenced sensitivity to humanist concerns that border on poetic. His works have influenced contemporary art practice in South Africa on a major scale, with several of his contemporaries and younger artists citing his work as turning points in perspective and practice. Barker was born in Pretoria, South Africa on the 27th July 1963 to a white, working-class family at the height of Apartheid. Barker’s father was a South African Air force pilot, later turned commercial pilot and as a result, Barker and his siblings grew up on the Valhalla military base in Pretoria. Valhalla is the oldest Air force base in the country, functional since 1921. Growing up in the highly conservative atmosphere of Pretoria in the 70s could in some ways be seen as a catalyst and contributing factor to Barker’s particularly rebellious and aggressive attack on that exact conservatism.

Barker remains an active participant in the South African contemporary art sphere.

CROSS FIRE I (2016) | 100 X 71 CM | SCREEN PRINT ON FABRIANO | A/P 1 | R25 000​
  

  
CROSS FIRE II (2016) | 100 X 71 CM | SCREEN PRINT ON FABRIANO | A/P 1 | R25 000​