'Winds of Providence', Oil on Canvas by Marc Barker
This monochromatic oil on canvas cloud painting by Marc Barker is from the 'Cloudscapes' series. Puffy, white cumulus clouds float in a dark sky above a lake/sea of water. Dramatic interplay of sunlight and shadow in the clouds and water below. Framed in a simple black wooden frame.
"Observing clouds is one of my instant and personal connections to the timeless, the infinite. And with veils of paint, I invent cloudscapes in oil grisaille where I try to suggest that sublime feeling. Their connection to water and to waves is a flowing quality of the transformative energy that these etheric forms have to not only attract, but to convert into liquid. I use this cinematic quality literally when I work, because I feel I am complete with a piece when the whole mass of energy moves, swells and flows on the paper or canvas. That flow moves me, like when I am motionless, emotionally arrested, and tearfully full of wonder at prismatic sunsets, a sky-filled spring day, or sighting an impermanent, single, small cloud on a hot August afternoon." -Marc Barker
Marc Barker is an Oklahoma based artist with over 35 years experience in the arts and over 25 years experience teaching and producing in the field of interactive media. He managed Paseo Intaglio Printers in the late 1980s and continued into the 90s with editioning and contract printing for local and national artists. He was selected as 2004 Festival of the Arts juror for the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, guest juror for the 2009 Paseo Festival of the Arts, and the 2019 Goddard Center 47th Annual Competition. Marc Barker's work has been exhibited in the State Capitol of Oklahoma’s East Gallery, 2008, and one of his paintings was selected for inclusion in the permanent collection of the Oklahoma State Art Collection at the State Capitol.