Meet The Artist: Ali Barker

Ali will be available to chat to on The Landing, and will conduct tours of her exhibition at 12pm and 1:30pm.

Tours are free, booking required as spaces limited.

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The Landing: Ali Barker – Ensemble

Ali Barker’s work expresses music and sound in colour. She works with a fixed palette to represent the colours she perceives through her experiences of the phenomenon of sound-colour synaesthesia – when listening to music, she perceives notes of the musical scale as specific colours.

These personal experiences are the inspiration and motivation for Ali’s artistic practice. She draws upon them, as well as her musical background (she plays the violin and viola), to create her abstract paintings. Starting from the written music, her perceptions whilst listening to specific pieces, or working from sound recordings she has analysed, her translational processes develop excerpts into colourful paintings, ranging from gestural works to geometric patterns.

As a mature student, Ali Barker studied Foundation Art and Design at Southport College in 2014-15 and completed her MA in Fine Art (Distinction) at the University of Chester in 2019.

Based in Sefton, Ali has exhibited her artwork across North West England. She has had two solo shows in Liverpool, and regularly exhibits in group shows, including the Sefton Open. Ensemble brings together a selection of works made in the last few years with new paintings made for this exhibition.

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