Jon Barker was born in Yorkshire in 1950. He has been a professional artist for over 20 years, following an earlier career in marketing management.
Jon is best known for his 'City Life' series which is published extensively, but he also enjoys painting the occasional seascape and landscape, which allows for freedom of expression and the opportunity to experiment with new techniques.
"Historically my ‘City Life’ series has aimed to capture the moods and atmospheres of major cities of the world such as New York, Paris and London. Iconic landmarks often feature prominently within these compositions and help to establish a sense of place and familiarity.
Recently I have experimented with new ways to apply paint to canvas. In doing so, I have been able to introduce abstract qualities to the paint surface which has invigorated my approach. Iconic buildings and people still form the basis for the compositions but the treatment is more adventurous. The subject matter remains important but the real essence of the work is in the relationships between colour and form and in the varied ways in which the paint is handled."
Jon works from his studio in Cyprus where he lives with his wife Katie.