Yorkshire born and bred Bob Barker has been painting since he received a set of oil paints at the age of 12 as a Christmas gift. Immediately he was captivated by what could be achieved with a brush, paint and a few small squares of hardboard. As a Yorkshire man born and bred, nostalgia spurs him to paint by looking back to childhood memories with adult eyes. Memories of the mill his mother worked at as a weaver form a big influence in the images he paints now, as does the industrial footprint left in the Yorkshire mill towns.
Bob has always maintained that where most people see soot-blackened stone and polluted skies, he sees colour. Bob views Yorkshire in the subtle blended hues of his paint box, and through his art, he invites the viewer to do the same.