Paul's Studio

Artist and Studio

Oil Portrait Painting Artist, Paul Anthony Barker

I was born and grew up in Lymm, Cheshire. Although I always had an interest in art, it didn’t come until later in life when my wife went to an art store and purchased some paints, a canvas and some brushes and asked me to give art a try. It wasn’t long before I started to sell paintings and quickly gained a reputation as a good portrait artist. I now have a busy life, mainly between London, the North West and South Wales (although I travel widely to meet clients), painting portrait commissions. Two of my paintings of the poet Dylan Thomas are on display in the Boathouse in Laugharne, where the famous welsh poet used to live.

I paint in the classical style. Once the drawing is on the canvas, I will paint the Dead Colouring Stage. I will then paint the First Painting in which I focus on getting correct skin tones, achieving a good likeness and shaping the overall form of the subject. I will then proceed to paint the Second Painting in which I will render the portrait to a high level of realism and bring it to a finish. I may further refine it with some glazing and scumbling once the Second Painting has dried.

I have painted the portraits of the journalist and author Alastair Campbell, best known for his work as Director of Communications and Strategy for Tony Blair’s government (1997–2003), the hit song writer Mitch Murray, Man United Legend Sammy McIlroy, pop artist Sir Peter Blake and commissioned by television writer Paul Roundell, amongst others.