‘Show and Tell’ is a series of ongoing works which explore how clothing is used by specific groups of men as a status symbol within their communities. The portraits, created on paper and onto walls, depict faceless young men often turned with their backs to the viewer. By obscuring the identity of her subjects, invites an audience to scrutinise the 'information' available - clothing, hair and jewellery - in order to complete the portrait. The works investigate expressions of individuality, conformity and stereotyping.
Barbara Walker is an artist based in Birmingham, England. Her practice is inspired by the social, polical and cultural realities that inform her life and lives of those around her. Working primarily in drawing and painting, her work adressess issues such as class, represantation, power, and belonging. Recent exhibitions, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK (2013) The Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, UK (2013), Depthford X, London, UK (2012),The New Art Gallery Walsall( 2011) , Luminous Language, Launch F18,New York, US (2013), Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne Austraila (2012), The New Art Exchange, Notingham,UK (2010), East International 09, Norwich (2009). Walker was recently included in Modern Painter's 100 Artists to Watch.