Birmingham-based artist Barbara Walker confronts the issues of race and representation in art from the Old Masters through to the present day.
Barbara Walker is interested in issues of class and power, gender, race, representation and the politics of how we look at others. She makes portraits in a range of media and formats – from small embossed works on paper to paintings on canvas and large-scale charcoal wall drawings – in order to explore social and political issues.
For this exhibition the artist has selected two paintings from the collection of the National Gallery, London that are displayed alongside her own drawings in order to highlight cultural differences in historic and contemporary societies. The Banquet of Cleopatra (1740s) by Tiepolo and A Homage to Velázquez (c1692-1700) by Giordano both feature Black figures.
This exhibition is supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.