Barker, Walter

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Portraits and figures in various media 1967 18 The (sitter-subject) people and the paint meet and through the painter, his affinity to paint, and to people, the result becomes a portrayal of that person and as very deep a look into and recounting of that person as the painter has the ability to f...
Twenty nine paintings 1967 21 In my work I have tried to combine different movements in art history to arrive at original art work. I do not think anything is new, only fresh. Fresh ideas can come by combining old ideas. Art history can play an important role in giving the painte...
Combinations of lines, planes, and forms that generate eye movement 1968 16 Leonardo DaVinci once stated: "The eve Is called the window of the Soul and is the chief means whereby the understanding can most fully and abundantly appreciate the infinite works of nature." This statement about the importance of the eye in paintin...
An exhibition of painted objects 1968 17 The thesis is to describe the works in one particular exhibition, and to explain in part the evolution of one idea in my work. Most of the works in this exhibition are models which have been built to scale from the drawings which are similar to those...
An exhibition of paintings 1968 11 My thesis exhibition consists of five paintings, each composed of one or more segments. My paintings deal primarily with space and utilize the walls, the floor, and the activation of the physical space in which the works are hung. Essentially most of...
An exhibition of constructions 1968 19 An exhibition of fifteen constructions which are the elaboration of one idea: the spectrum or segments of the spectrum, and the possibilities of its reflection. Each material or combination of two or more materials — whether it be glass tubes, segmen...
An exhibition of paintings 1968 13 This thesis is in the form of an exhibition of paintings and the following statement presents a point of view held by the artist in relation to this particular group of paintings. Accompanying these brief notes is a catalogue and 35mm (2" x 2") color...
The use of color to extend the suggestion of space and volume 1969 21 I use color to extend the suggestion of space within and without the actual art object. This extension of space is not optically rigid hut fluid. The surface quality of the painted canvas is taut, skin-like, with no visible brushstrokes. I wish to re...
Housescapes 1969 25 The house image in my paintings grew from a synthesis of two directions pursued in my earlier work. The first direction was a concern for the traditional landscape and the second, the use of abstract/representational forms. The synthesizing of direct...
The unitary development of a dimensional art form 1969 18 The thesis consisting of perspective drawings, models, and a floor piece was the outgrowth of a desire to convert negative space, present in one of my own grid-cube constructions, into a positive dimensional form. Theoretically, if the negative space...
Four three dimensional works executed in two or more opposing materials 1969 12 Four three dimensional works, executed in two or more opposing materials, are structured in such a relationship that their visual differences become pronounced. This thesis was exhibited in the Weatherspoon Outer Gallery, University of North Carolina...
Chance, sequence and field painting in relation to a selected environment 1969 31 This thesis is represented by an exhibition of paintings on canvas. The size and number of canvases to be included in the thesis presentation is determined by the available space in the Weatherspoon Gallery for which they were designed. Each canvas i...
An accommodation of intuitively combined images employing objects with constructed forms 1969 36 The major pieces in this thesis are three dimensional objects constructed of paper maché, or plaster and burlap, on wire and wood frames with objects interpolated and applied to the basic construction. Materials that congeal, such as paper maché or p...
Three spatial conditions 1969 23 The purpose of this thesis is to enable the viewer to participate in spatial conditions and to indicate space time. The influence of Will Insley during the fall of 1968, followed by a study of the writings of Mondrian, helped to clarify an earlier in...
Kinetic force within the "dead" center of the square 1969 25 The thesis is an attempt to present works which establish a correlation and interaction between the square and the circle by means of form and color. The circle is placed at the "dead" center of the square. The kinetic force within the circle opposes...
Hammer pieces 1970 29 The idea which has resulted in the "Hammer Pieces" is basically simple. It is the contrast in volumes, line, and planar elements connected by various linkages, emphasizing the point of confrontation. The most important aspect, in this regard, is the ...
Images 1970 14 The work presented in this thesis consists of three large, free-standing shaped paintings, one large shaped painting that is wall hung, and several models for proposed works. The paintings are figurative. Shape is determined partly by the contour of ...
Duration 1970 15 There is a unique relationship in photography between the event of the subject and the birth of its symbol. They are simultaneous. The photograph contains only the present. The present enters the camera and is likely to reside in the print as a durat...
Cube constructions 1970 13 After several unsuccessful attempts at changing my approach to painting, I recalled an old carburetor that I had noticed among some pieces of sculpture at a friend's house in California. When I asked about the carburetor, the owner remarked that it w...
An exhibition of ceiling-hung banners 1970 21 "When it became necessary in a course dealing with motion in art to create a piece of work using kinetic force, I turned to natural wind currents because of my complete lack of interest in machines. This choice plus an interest in fabrics and sewing,...
Animal environments 1970 14 Since my very early work of six years ago I have been interested in the problem of positive-negative space, animal shapes, and in evoking moods. In earlier versions of my work I dealt with extremely simplified, almost primitive horse shapes. The hors...
The pullman series 1971 9 The Pullman Series, so named for connotations of luxury, i.e: the largest and most colorful body of work done to date, consists of ten 96" x 96" x 136" triangular-shaped two-panel paintings and thirty-one drawings from the paintings, eleven having th...
Basic skeletal and interior forms 1971 28 I am using skeletal forms with an emphasis on the ball and socket in relationship to space and floor. The large size of these skeletal forms offers me a subject that allows the development of sculptural themes that relate to the floor. Some of the pi...
Water as a kinetic element in sculpture 1971 20 Two all acrylic and one acrylic and chrome plated copper sculptures explore some of the possibilities of water as a visual and physical kinetic force in sculpture. Tidal Sculpture #1 has been designed to respond in two ways to tidally motivated, eter...
Pictorial composition and plant forms 1972 9 A correlation exists between design elements and the plant world; for example, the natural structure or the linear growth pattern may be visually interpreted as pure line which carries the viewer's eye from the tip of a leaf to the stem; it may chang...
Image-making as a transformational process 1972 22 In any process of image-making subjective analysis will oftentimes necessitate some consideration, either intentional or subconscious, to dualism, or the philosophical theory which examines the manner in which sensory activity interacts with physical...
Forms in fluctuation 1972 15 The forms painted are intended to induce a fluctuation of form and space and color; an oscillation that has been suddenly arrested and is momentarily still. Although the elements (color, size, line, direction, depth, shape, and form) are calculated a...
A study of clay involving a combination of handbuilding and wheel thrown utilitarian objects 1972 22 In working with clay I discovered unique qualities which naturally define the medium if only allowed to exist when an object has been formed. Using simple shapes and being conscious of the plasticity, possibilities in irregular form, and changable su...
Visual sensations which create expressions 1972 23 This thesis consists of six paintings and twelve serigraphs dealing with free flowing forms carrying associations of color through which I have attempted to organize purely intuitive responses to different experienced situations. The six paintings ar...
Sidewalk rubbings : a study in flatness 1972 12 Important in the consideration of my work 1s the concept of flatness—"Havlng an even and horizontal surface, or nearly so, without marked prominence or depressions; level and smooth, lying at full length, or spread out upon the ground; level with the...
Passage (metamorphic drawings) 1973 7 My drawings are an attempt at dealing with universal themes in a highly personal way. There is grotesque imagery, garish colors, irreverence, and melodrama involved which make the work highly complex, and perhaps pretentious in certain respects. Desp...
White soul paintings 1973 11 I call my paintings pictures of "white soul." I do this in order to draw upon the associations familiar in the term "black soul:" a sense of pride in self and race, qualities of vigor and endurance, the rich, ironic mixtures of the sensual and spirit...
Light, pattern, and domestic architecture 1973 12 The Greeks said that to marvel is the beginning of knowledge and where we cease to marvel, we may be in danger of ceasing to know.1 Light and pattern are the main sources of inspiration and investigation in my work. I select and represent abstracted...
Deflections 1973 15 The exhibition is made up of paintings in oil or canvas which experiment with nonplaner surfaces and the images reflected by these surfaces. Each painting demonstrates an interest in an object or stillife transformed by the reflective surface at a mo...
The use of eyes and objects to express a personal theory of art 1973 20 I have witnessed man's failure to set limitations to his existence. For example, he fails to see obstacles, that might harm him. It also seems that he has no strong need to focus his attention on this problem or seek a solution. He looks around in th...
A personal interpretation of the facial expression 1973 15 The drawings and paintings of facial expressions executed for thesis presentation were derived from my ordinary observation of contemporary society. While they are self-evident manifestations of experiences by man everywhere in the universe, it has b...
Images 1973 19 The fourteen drawings and eight sculptures exhibited in this thesis show each are concerned with total image conveyance. Except for the largest drawing, each drawing is situated behind a window composed of from four to seven sheets of a frosted matte...
The interpenetration of form and the ordering of the resulting fragmentation 1973 13 My thesis show consists of 12 paintings and 3 drawings. The paintings are watercolor on paper. The paper is Arches heavy-weight white with a hot press finish. The method of painting is air brush and frisket paper. The drawings are done with India Ink...
Construction series 1973 12 Construction Series, three through eleven consists entirely of planar compositions. In each work the plane is seen as a force acting upon the planes it intersects. The planes can be seen as "fragments", or "moments of force" because the character of ...
Expression and material 1974 19 The works exhibited represent a resolution to the problem of immediate expression in sculpture, a resolution usually found only in painting. The exhibit grew out of a need to think faster and a simultaneous need to work faster. My previous work was w...
Portraits 1974 13 The subject of this thesis is the portrait. The portraits are painted objectively, derived directly from nature. I chose several young persons and several older ones so that I could paint some different types. The people are sitting. The pose is abou...
Eight paintings 1974 12 The thesis show consists of a series of eight paintings dealing with the spatial ambiguities within a composition, and their interaction with the observer. The media is acrylic on canvas with the exception of one painting, Window Shades, in which sil...
Three paintings 1974 11 My thesis is a series of paintings which grew out of several years of exploring various properties of paint, water, canvas and paper. The paintings of my thesis and the paintings which preceeded them were placed in a horizontal position, where interm...
Reality of form : form of reality 1974 8 This thesis results from an exploration of the human form and from the challenge of proposing new and different approaches in working with the figure. Using the figure, then, as a point of departure, this body of sculpture concerns itself with the al...
Clay folks 1975 15 Clay Folks consists of a group of clay figures ranging in size from eight to thirty inches. The figures are based upon people I have come in contact with either personally, on television, in film, or through reading. In this sense the work can be tho...
Oil paintings and pencil drawings 1975 33 It is evident that some responses to the image that I see are done with little hesitation and without long, preplanned studying. Another response to a subject will show that I investigated the model that I saw and drew or painted only after careful p...
Heads 1975 13 To me, wood possesses an inner-life, or force, which I attempt (as a sculptor) to release in my work. CHI is the Chinese name for this force, which flows through all things. The artist must successfully interact with CHI during the creative process i...
Genesis : into being 1975 10 The MFA thesis work discussed in this paper consists of eight drawings, each of which portrays an entity within the limited environment of the artist. For the artist the creation of the drawings entailed an exploration into the metaphysics of his tan...
Self portrait drawings 1976 12 The self portraits that comprise this thesis exhibition are all drawn by direct observation with mirror, pencil or pen, and paper. The problems of the self portrait as a genre extend beyond those of a normal portrait. The artist is literally and figu...
Stoneware : functional forms with lids 1976 40 The stoneware ceramic objects in my thesis exhibition are the result of study end experimentation with lidded forms. The basic problem of creating a lid which fits properly and which contributes to the whole form has been a challenge. The lines and c...
An awareness of our own reality 1976 23 The purpose of my thesis was to investigate the effect of combining concrete-conceptual expression within an organizational format of implied commercialism. The actualization of my study would be in the form of a catalogue-magazine. The origin for th...
Synthetic landscapes 1976 18 My thesis work is in landscape painting. During the past two years, (1974-1976) my interests have become specialized within the general area of landscape. This specialization is manifest in the emergence of a subject which has become predominant. By ...
A study of life : the nude and the self-portrait 1976 21 The purpose of this thesis is twofold, the major portion being an in-depth visual analysis of the nude, and the second area concentrating on the portrait, primarily the self-portrait. My approach to the nude is one in which the concern is not the fem...
My work 1976 13 I was raised in the North Carolina 31ue Ridge on the border of Tennessee and Virginia. There, I grew up with a strong sense of tradition and the idea that calm dignity could be attained if one sought it and that this was the ideal to be achieved. Thi...
Drawings and paintings 1976 24 The purpose of this thesis is to produce a body of work—drawings and paintings—based on close observation of carefully chosen and arranged subject matter. Included are still life drawings and paintings of fruit and drawings of people. Types of fruit ...
Chairs 1975 17 The objects which surround us in our everyday existence form a part of humanity's universal experience and are just as relevant to us as corresponding objects were to our ancestors. The object that I have chosen to render is a chair, defined by both ...
Interrelationships of light and space within the still-life painting and the figure drawing 1976 16 My Master of Fine Arts thesis is built around two genre, still-life and the human figure, in a representational style that is catagorically classical with an impressionistic skew. It implies, however, neither a singularly literal rendering nor a deli...
Corners 1977 11 These thesis paintings resulted from a search for an intimate and significant image from my surroundings, accompanied by a striving for involvement with brush and paint. Close observation and study of interior spaces led me to focus on the pictorial ...
Stoneware containers 1977 11 The work in this exhibition is an attempt to recapture some of the elements and mostly the feelings responsible for what we identify today as classical shapes in Eastern ceramics, such as the Raku pottery of Japan or the white and blue porcelain of t...
Motion in time 1976 28 My work initiates in the grid of the graph paper which is the sub-structure for all my images. The sub-structure not only refers to the graph paper image but to the final, overall canvas as well. During the growth of my work, I became involved in mak...
Drawings and paintings of still life situations and the figure 1976 26 The purpose of this study is to record my observations of light, color, and space through drawings and paintings of still life situations and the figure. In the course of my investigations I have taken a closer look at several artists and their works...
Works on paper 1978 14 The group of drawings and paintings which constitute the thesis project is not a completed artistic statement but a continuing personal search which did not begin and will not end with this set of images. Technically they represent two complementary ...
Interior studies 1978 16 Included In the thesis exhibition are pencil and charcoal drawings which emphasize the linear qualities of objects, and relationships between these objects and the spaces surrounding them. I have explored the forces that exist in a given composition ...