Collection: CRAIG "SKIBS" BARKER
Craig grew up in Southern California during the early ‘80s in the midst of both the punk rock and surfing culture explosions - those influences inspired his art. Craig’s earliest art teachers were punk flyers, album covers, and surfing magazines; He started off making flyers and t-shirts for his friends and his own punk bands. Today Craig’s paintings infuse his long-standing love for painting and rendering the human figure with his punk-fueled graphic design upbringing. Craig mixes different approaches, techniques, and mediums, to create a sense of memory, personal history, and appreciation for the human form. Combining elements of pop culture, literary reference, and a positive mental attitude, he creates layered scenes of voyeuristic mischief. Craig’s work explores the junctions between past and present, memory and imagination, fantasy and reality, while creating a dialog between image and viewer. Recently, Craig’s been creating spatially extended versions of these mixed media creations via three-dimensional assemblage pieces, as well as large-scale gallery and museum installations.