David Barber is part of the landscape at East Beach Studios. He was there at the beginning of the art studios, helped build a lot of Coast Cafe, and will always help anyone build anything. A highly dedicated and prolific artist, David is famously forthright, sometimes leaving his public lost for words! He is a well-travelled and knowledgeable man, particularly about the subject of many of his paintings, the natural world.
Do you have positive/negative memories of art when you were at school?
My memories are positive; they liked my art so much that I was asked to decorate the walls.
Did you go on to further education in art or are you self-taught?
I am self-taught.
What or who has inspired you over the years?
Rembrandt and Peter Bruegel, two from a very long list.
What Artists do you admire?
Raymond Harris-Ching and Robert Bateman.
What has been the highlight of your artistic career so far? What are you proud to have achieved?
I had a one man show in Arundel for 21 years… 1979 – 2000.
What have you sacrificed for your art?
What’s the best bit of advice that has been given to you?
‘If you have talent….use it.’
What advice would you give to an aspiring artist/craftsperson?
Stick with your ideas and principles, don’t be swayed by others. Accept constructive criticism.
How do you start a piece of work?
I stain the canvas then brush rough lines with the paint. Everything is in my head.
When is it finished?
When the paint runs out!
Do you have a mantra, quote or line from a song that best sums up what your art means to you?
Queen, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’:
‘Is this the real thing or is this just fantasy?’
Does music help with your creativity? If so what would you choose to listen to whilst working on a piece?
Yes music really does help and for the past 15 years new age music.
What is your favourite medium to work with/in?
Do you have a lucky or favourite something that you use that has been with you forever?
An extra fine ink pen.
Are you living your dream through your art or do you have one – what do you strive for?
Daily peace of mind.
Is there anything you avoid with your art?
Some of them…showing them in public.
Thank you so much David, for agreeing to talk to us and it was a real pleasure to photograph you, the light was gorgeous, a lovely autumn morning. You are so much a part of the East Beach Studios and you will be a hard act to follow. Good luck in all of your future endeavours.