Dale Devereux-Barker

Vitreous Enamels

Due to the impervious nature of Dale's enamel paintings, unlike traditional paintings, these unique works can cope with a range of temperatures and moisture. They are ideal paintings to hang in kitchens, bathrooms and swimming pools.

Dale first started using vitreous enamel as the result of being commissioned to make four large scale artworks for the restaurants of the law firm Clifford Chance. The choice of this unique material was to enable the surfaces to be cleaned after any excess of exuberance on the part of the lawyers or their clients! Dale spent three months in a commercial enamel factory best known for it's production of the London Underground signage system. Here he gradually became au fait with the alchemy of melting coloured glass in layers onto a steel surface. The different types of enamels with their different firing temperatures meant that there was a lot of risk involved in achieving a fine balance of clarity and richness of finish. However, once mastered, the results have a jewel-like quality and a concrete visual permanence unlike any other medium.

Dale has undertaken many large scale projects with vitreous enamel, most notably the sixty metre panels installed at St.Katharine's Dock near Tower Bridge.

Dale Devereux Barker lives and works in Suffolk. A printmaker specialising in reduction linocuts and screen-prints, his work combines a celebration of colour and form with warmly engaging subject matter. The events of everyday life are transformed into colourful images loaded with humour and feeling. Objects about the home, mealtimes, figures in interiors or engaged in daily activity all take on a new life through his very personal imagery.

Dale Devereux Barker studied at Loughborough, Leicester, and at the Slade School of Art from 1980-1986. Since 1986 he has lectured widely in printmaking and continues to teach regularly at University College Suffolk. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1996.

Dale Devereux Barker has exhibited widely throughout Britain, in London, and abroad. In 1995 a retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Fermoy Gallery, King's Lynn. He has works in many private and public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum. He has completed many commissioned works, and has recently accepted a commission to produce 15 large vitreous enamel panels each 15ft high for Taylor-Woodrow Properties at St Katherine's Wharf, London.

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A Commission: Vitreous Enamel tiles by Dale at Barking Leisure Centre

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