Andrew Barker is a Colorado artist who creates intricate, mixed-media, paintings and drawings on wood and paper. His primary medium is watercolor, and frequently incorporates ink, ballpoint, and colored pencil. He’s drawn to the “honest” aspect of watercolor – the artist must work with the natural tendencies of water, incorporating substrate textures, mistakes, bleeding, and other unexpected effects that add to the character of a painting.
Andrew's subject matter is heavily driven by our current era of climate change, population growth and mass extinction. In effect, he wants to celebrate a natural world that is on the precipice of destruction. Stylistically, Andrew is influenced by mid-century commercial illustration, tattoo design, and the golden age naturalist illustration. He studied at Oregon State University, receiving a BFA in Applied Visual Arts in 1999, and has been a practicing artist and designer since.
Although he was born in Utah, Andrew spent his formative years in East Africa and the Pacific Northwest, and has called Boulder, Colorado his home since 2013.