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Gifted by the artist to Keith Morris in the late 1960s and by descent to the present owner.
Clive Barker was born in Luton, the son of Frederick and May. Frederick was a coach painter at Vauxhall Motors. In 1957, Barker enrolled at the Luton College of Technology and Art. However, it was not Barker's two years at Art School that were to prove the most formative but his fifteen months spent working on the assembly line at Vauxhall Motors, Luton. It was here he 'witnessed the precision and beauty of the freshly fabricated automobiles clad in gleaming metal and upholstered in sensuous leather' (see A. Fermon & M. Livingstone, Clive Barker Sculpture Catalogue Raisonné 1958-2000, Milan, 2002, p. 7). His choice of materials and how they were finished was largely inspired by Barker's time spent there. Barker relied (and still does to this day) on specialist fabricators to achieve the optimum final result for his works. Marcel Duchamp's idea of the ready-made was easy for Barker to accept. However, quite differently, Barker does not simply utilize objects as he finds them. Specialist fabricators are either commissioned by him to make objects to his designs or he recasts or resurfaces original objects so they become non-functional successors. Barker is also a highly skilled draughtsman and print-maker. His sketches habitually act as a mode of thought process and concept and he also creates stand alone artist drawings. He rarely undertakes works on paper on an epic size but two fine examples are found at lots 145 & 146, which are both outstanding and excitingly spontaneous in execution.