Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is excited to present The Prismatic Sun, the latest body of work by Portland-based artist Hayley Barker. Taking it's name from a chapter in J.G. Ballard's 1966 science fiction novel, The Crystal World, this lush group of paintings is an extended meditation on illness and healing, and what Barker calls "the way the sun’s energy pulses above, beyond, and through us: how light fractures form as it cascades over all life, the land, water, and sky." Like her well-received Cathedrals, these painting are both pensive and full of joy, dazzling in their palette and compelling in their depth.
Born and raised in Oregon, Hayley Barker earned MA and MFA degrees in Intermedia from the University of Iowa. In addition to venues in Spain, France, New York, California and Washington, her work has been included in several group shows in Portland since 2004, including exhibitions at The Art Gym, Disjecta and PICA’s TBA Festival. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and is included in The Drawing Center Artist Registry and Viewing Program in New York City. Barker's previous body of work,Cathedrals, was exhibited at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in May 2011. It garnered positive reviews in Art in America, The Oregonianand Visual Art Source. New paintings from this ongoing series are on view in a solo exhibition at the Governor's Office in Salem, Oregon through December 2012. Hayley Barker has been named a finalist for the Portland Art Museum's 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards.