Selected works by Sara Barker

Sara Barker


Aluminium, gouache paint, waterbased primer, polyester resin, glue on painted steel & glass table

102 x 135 x 10 cm / Table: 58 x 163 x 80 cm
Sara Barker’s works don’t simply breach the boundaries between painting and sculpture, they are that boundary. Skeletal structures in aluminium and steel describe wonky rectangular shapes in the air in hesitant lines, as though uncertain of themselves; their forms are those of sketches, not sculptures. Their surfaces are then coated with layers of oil paint, gouache and watercolour in the blanched and airy palette of a landscape painting. And as landscapes do, Barker’s works posit painting as a thing to be inhabited, and draw on the tradition of inhabited rooms in the quiet modernist lineage of Bonnard and Matisse (one work is named after his 1916 painting ‘The Piano Lesson’).
Sara Barker
La Leçon De Piano


Aluminium sheet, oil based primer, oil paint, polyester resin on glass & steel table

119 x 74 x 19 cm / Table: 83 x 89 x 46 cm
Modernist literature, too, has long provided Barker with inspiration for her spindly spatial constructions: both the metaphorical and actual space of Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of One’s Own’ – the unfolding of a novel is, too, a kind of space-making – might provide discreet associations with her work. Yet Barker’s works refuse to cooperate with conventional categorization: these are the spaces between, like the gaps that separate words in a sentence. Their power lies in what they don’t quite say.
Sara Barker
Words Are Form


Aluminium, grey & white metal filler, primer, gouache, oil paint, glue, rivets, bolts

158 x 119 x 15 cm
Sara Barker


Steel, rubber, shellac, pigment, basa wood, copper paint

201 x 124 x 54 cm
Sara Barker


Steel, aluminium, various paints

215 x 115 x 65 cm
Sara Barker
Everyone Is De Trop


Aluminium, various paints, pencil crayon, pastel, rivets, filler

220 x 120 x 18 cm
Sara Barker
Love Letter


Aluminium sheet, steel rod, steel bar, canvas, oil paint, watercolour, acrylic paint, aquarelle, metal filler on steel and mirror plinth

216 x 119 x 86 cm
Sara Barker
A Certain Slant Of Night


Aluminium and steel sheet, various paints, glass, painted mahogany table

176 x 96.5 x 84 cm
Text by Ben Street

Sara Barker's Biography

Sara Barker
Born in 1980, Manchester, UK
Lives and works in Glasgow, UK


Mary Mary at 45 Alexandra Park Street, Glasgow
Women at a Window, Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London

Images, Mary Mary, Glasgow

FOUR, Dublin

Present Future, Artissima Art Fair, Turin
Hanging A Way Of Dressing, Glasgow Project Rooms, Glasgow

Mary Mary, Glasgow

New Work Scotland, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh


The Geometry of Things - Markus Amm / Sara Barker / Robin Watkins, GAK, Bremen

Tracing the Century: Drawing from Tate Collection, Tate Liverpool
Pink Caviar, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow Since WWII, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art
DRAWING : SCULPTURE (curated by The Drawing Room, London), Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds & touring

Frauenzimmer - Sara Barker / Karla Black / Carol Bove / Thea Djordjadze / Isa Genzken / Kitty Kraus / Tatiana Trouvé, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Look with all your eyes, look, Frith Street Gallery, London
Sara Barker / Lars Tygesen, Christian Andersen, Copenhagen
Somiglianze non sensibili, Galerie Opdahl, Berlin

Maria Loboda / Chiara Camoni / Sara Barker / Marie Lund / Gyan Panchard, Galleri Opdahl, Norway
Sara Barker / Jessica Rankin, Carlier Gebauer, Berlin

The morning after the big fire - Sara Barker / Michael Samuels,Ville du Parc Contemporary Art Center, Annemasse, France
Taj Mahal Travellers, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm
La Importancia del Pez Cebra, Pillar Parra & Romero, Madrid
Zero Budget Biennial, Paris
The Actuality of the Idea, Modern Art, London

Base: Object, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Open Eye Club, Tramway, Glasgow
Claire Barclay/Sara Barker/Neil Clements/Sally Osborn/Jonathan Owen/Albrecht Schafer Doggerfisher, Edinburgh

Studio Voltaire, London

Peaton House, Cove Park, Argyll & Bute
Magazine 2006, Edinburgh Sculpture workshop
Mantua Art Festival, Roscommon, Ireland
Transmission Members show, Glasgow

Re-Escape, Hamburg, Germany
Untitled, Transmission, Glasgow

Best in Show, Members show, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh
Shadow Lives, Emerged Gallery, Glasgow (with Tim Facey)
Sara Barker / Lotte Gertz, Mary Mary Project Space, Glasgow