About Noj Barker
Noj Barker is a dot artist whose gift for combining vibrant colour and exquisite detail is gaining him international acclaim. Noj's work is an obsession rendered in paint.
First he lays down fields of ordered, neat and evenly distributed coloured spots. Then he paints dots over those spots in a slow, steady build up of an undulating landscape, bisecting and breaking up circles. Every circle ceases to be a circle when it is punctured by another circle. Creating a unique world of circles which will soon be invaded by new dots.
At a given point the surface becomes like a leaking roof which must be patched with a flurry of dots until the surface can no longer be seen and the image can begin a new phase. Raining dots existing in both a two and three dimensional way. These minuscule spots on circles multiply into the thousands and thousands. The cycle of creation, destruction and renewal repeated over and over as each new dot miniaturizes the overall image.
The essence of each picture is the turmoil he encounters during the process. At many points whilst making the picture he looks at the composition as if it is a chaotic bombed city. The hardest part of painting is walking away and returning to the devastation. Colour warfare, with a strategy of structured destruction. Each painting evolves by forcibly changing Noj's perspective at different stages of the work.
Countless hours later, a painting is born, and a hallucinogenic matrix of chroma and pattern is revealed. Some are quiet and restrained: almost sonata-like in form. Others blaze the retina with a symphony of jostling colour. Looking at Noj's paintings, it is easy to hear music. He has a system which is so time consuming he needs to meditate to thoughtful music across a broad range of genres.
Noj started painting later in life and is entirely self-taught. In this respect his entirely organic technique is totally original as it is devoid of reference. These paintings do not use techniques to create spatial depth. Instead our eyes are invited to navigate a web of spots, dots and rivulets of coloured grounds. Blink and they are replaced by constellations. These paintings mimic the act of stargazing - only in miniature. They are for stargazers who want a little glimpse of heaven on their living room walls. The majority of his pictures have dimensions of 32 x 40 cms, which is approximately A3 size. Packed with approximately 100,000 dots and spots. With peak dots comprised of up to 9 droplets on top of each other and standing 2mm tall. It could be a miniature mountain range.
For Noj these paintings offer a visual sanctuary, each one a location for hope, contemplation and wonder. A former dancer who trained at the Ballet Rambert, Noj Barker's journey has taken him from classical dance to contemporary dots. His work shows influences of abstract expressionism, pointillism and Pop Art. His labour-intensive dot paintings can take up to a month to create. His largest painting has millions of dots!
Once Noj's creativity is unleashed on a painting, he works obsessively until its completion. Each finished piece is totally unique.
Noj's first solo exhibition in London in 2008 October sold out. In 2009 he created a much admired large scale mural for the famous Ivy Restaurant in London's Covent Garden. In 2010 he exhibited with the Museum of Everything at London's Tate Modern for their Exhibition #2.
Since then he has been engaged with the work producing the new collection of over 100 pieces.
"Painting is meditation for me. I go into a timeless trance.
If you are sensitive to beauty around you I trust you will find a magnetic natural magic in my work."
"My original paintings are very small.
The pictures open up enormously and reveal so much detail as you approach them."
Available at Saatchi Art and Rise Art are a small selection of framed originals, roughly A3 in size.
For more information on originals, prints, future exhibitions or commissions,
Contact Noj by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Square Dot Original Zoom Print Collection
Noj is presenting his pictures in a dynamic format by extreme magnification of areas of each piece. Using a high resolution fine art scanning process the resulting zoom produces a dilated experience of the work, giving augmented perception of Noj's hyper-focused creative state and the power of expansion.