San Diego, CA 1968
Journeyman & Master License in Plumbing
Journeyman License in Electrical
Componere Gallery of Art
Lebanon Art Guild
Mark Barber is a refreshing, up and coming metal artist whose creativity has no limits. Copper is his main forte in which he bends, cuts, and manipulates to achieve the image that is in his mind. Mark’s art evolves metaphorically in his imagination which then comes to fruition. He creates with a deep passion that some may not see, but you will hear it, and come to understand it, as he explains the interesting stories and emotional meanings of his art. Perfect imperfections make his art unique, exotic and daringly innovative.
“About The Collection”
Music is one source of his inspiration. Each piece in this exhibit was influenced by a song which has lyrics that invoke an emotional reaction in his receptive mind. The intricate annealing, forming and brazing of materials expose this emotional connection. Come and join us to experience this distinct, passionate and expressive showcase.
Artist Statement - “Who I Am”
My creativity has developed and evolved over time. I’m a plumber and electrician who has been in the construction industry for years. I had a severe spine injury several years ago which gave me more time to do what I truly enjoy, creating art. I’ve always had an interest in working with metals which led me to the idea of taking any used metal article, repurposing it and turning it into something new. I’m a perfectionist and my worst critic, but each piece is made from my heart and created with a flare of eclectic taste and cutting edge design. I see, feel and experience each design as they form, taking on their own shape, color and meaning. My work focuses on the environment, recycling old materials into something new. Each piece often consists of multiple mediums which are grouped around specific meanings. A friend asked me what I see in my mind when I create, I told her nothing, it just happens and I am awed by the mystery of how the creation occurs. My designs speak for themselves and speak to the viewer. There isn’t a wrong or a right message. Each person will take something a bit different from the same piece of art and I’m excited about that.