Hayley Barker (b. 1973) was raised in Oregon. Her psychological self-portraits revolve around a daily process of drawing in bed, "beddrawing," wherein the stuff of dreams, lingering mundane thoughts, desires, and the spirit world overlap. From this practice comes frenetic, gestural, intimate mixed media drawings and oil paintings on panel that include text. Barry Schwabsky writes, "Her visionary paintings are relentless storms of mark-making that always have a face; it might evade your glance or stare you down." Since moving to LA in 2015 she has shown at venues such as The Pit, Abode, Big Pictures LA, and Bozo Mag. In January 2018 she released the second edition of Vintage Self Help (2017), her first book of essays, focusing on trauma, healing, art and shamanism, published with Williamson + Knight in Portland, Oregon.  Her solo show shows have been reviewed and featured in Art in America, the Curate LA Blog, LA Weekly, and Visual Art Source Online. Her flat file project, The Barker Hanger, debuted at Odd Ark LA in April 2018, showing the work of over 55 local and national artists, and introduced a casual ritual revolving around sharing works on paper. This past spring her work was included in "The Divine Joke," curated by Schwabsky, at Anita Rogers Gallery in Soho. In May she will had a one-month residency at the mobile gallery, Gas, culminating in a wall drawing, part of the summer group exhibition, "Take Care," which traveled to the Getty, BBQLA and Hilde Gallery. "Take Care" was also an ArtForum pick. She lives and works in LA.
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