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David Barrow

English ( b.1959 )

Scotland the brave

  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower left and back

Image size 21.9 inches x 15.7 inches ( 55.5cm x 40cm )
Frame size 24.8 inches x 18.7 inches ( 63cm x 47.5cm )


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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by David Barrow.
The work is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary frame (which is shown in these photographs).
This painting is in superb condition. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.

David W. Barrow is an internationally acclaimed artist, whose works typically capture the Northern Soul and Mod cultures of the 1970s. His works capture the mood, images and emotions of iconic times and are collected by the likes of Paul Weller and Ocean Colour Scene and institutions such as the University of Music, USA and the Tamla Motown Museum in Detroit USA. The Observer has called him the Degas of Northern Soul.

He was born in Parbold, Lancashire in 1959, and spent his formative years there before moving to Wigan. He began painting seriously at 19, and captured his local heritage in a well-regarded series of oil paintings. He continued to paint scenes that reflected the musical and popular culture of northern towns. His original paintings are now well sought after by followers, and there is a thriving market in prints of his works. He is also an accomplished painter of still life and portraits.

David Barrow’s works have been exhibited four times in the summer exhibition at the Royal Academy, as well as the Royal Scottish Academy and the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, the Salford Art Gallery, the Newcastle City Art Gallery, the O2 Arena, London and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

He has completed commissions for Wigan Council, Liverpool Football Club, Wigan Rugby Club, Wigan Athletic Football Club and Ocean Colour Scene's album cover - ' Live at the Jam House ‘. The Antiques Road show opened a program from Wigan with his Wigan Pier Painting.

Today his work is held by notable private collectors as well as by Liverpool F.C. Sky Sports, BBC & ITV.

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This original piece, completed in recent years, is entitled “Scotland the Brave” and depicts a mod riding away with the Saltire of Scotland emblazoned on the back of his parka.

This original oil on canvas is a satirical or political piece, taken from the 1960’s Mod culture of Great Britain, which also enjoyed something of a revival in the late 1970s. It shows the rear view of a male figure riding a typical scooter, a Vespa or Lambretta perhaps, with the Scottish Saltire on the back of his parka coat. It is a tribute to the spirit of Scottish nationalism. The palette is dark and grim, mainly black and white, with the vivid green of the flag providing the only flash of colour. This can well be interpreted as Scottish nationalism turning its back on the rest of the Union, and riding off alone. It is an interesting and powerful piece, and somewhat unusual.