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© the artist. Image credit: The Fleming Collection

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Barclay’s painting has developed from his early works, with their raw images and powerful expressive brushwork, to paintings of compositional complexity showing a new awareness of visual poetics. A recurring theme in his work is the devastation of war, in particular the Second World War (both his parents served in the Armed Forces during the war and Barclay has drawn on their past experiences in his paintings). Instead of a fashionable landscape of antiquity, Barclay invokes a landscape marked by the legacy of war and its aftermath, exploring by means of monumental figures and objects, what he describes as ‘war’s permanent shadow’.

The Fleming Collection







oil on canvas


H 101.5 x W 198.1 cm

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The Fleming Collection

14 Buckingham Street, London, Greater London WC2N 6DF England

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