John Rowland Barker, 1911-1959
Simple name : Person: artist
Collection : People
Reference number : 1996/4844
John Rowland Barker
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John Barker was born in Leicestershire in 1911. From 1927-1932 he studied part-time at Leicester School of Art, while also learning the family business.
In 1932 he was awarded a travelling scholarship by the International Guild of Decorators and travelled to Italy and Paris. He became a graphic designer in 1934 and was an assistant of Austin Cooper while teaching in the evenings at Eastbourne School Of Art. In 1938 he designed murals for several exhibitions. During the war he served in the navy. In 1950 he won the Poster Competition for the United Kingdom Recovery Programme.
During the fifties he held several exhibitions and designed posters, textiles and magazines for Shell, Fisons and ICI among others.
Some of his work in the late 1930s is signed Kraber. (Riddell 1994)
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- Leicester School of Art : 1927-1932
- Designed posters for London Transport : 1935-1938