John’s practice has been consistent, ongoing, and persistent as he has pursued various genres, and experimented with various medium since 1996. He has tried just about everything that can be done in painting, from translucent thin washes on canvas to the integration of 3d objects on board. He has drawn, sculpted, and made sculpture installations and camera based art but I am known as a painter. His process involves both experimentation and inner search.

John has shown his work in commercial and public galleries in a local, national, and international context.

Over the past 23 years he has created a diverse and massive amount of work, having dedicated his life to his practice, therefore making life style, work, and study choices that align with his practice. As a consequence he has an extensive exhibition record and have sought out areas of study that coincide with the process and content found in his work including the completion of a master’s degree and thesis.

Presently, his research and artistic practice is still essentially about human consciousness and dialogue with material. However, recently, he has been drawn to the use of abstraction as a means of connecting with the divine despite existing in a secular and post modern society.


Autumn Highlights

Oil On Canvas
30″ x 36″

John-Barkley-Shaman-2020 Oil-On-Canvas-30x30-5475-Online-Art-Galleries


Oil On Canvas
30″ x 30″


That Which Remains

Oil On Canvas
20″ x 20″



Oil On Canvas
24″ x 24″


2001 MA Religion, College of Humanities, Carleton University, ON
1996 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, University of Ottawa, ON
1989 BA Psychology (honours), Carleton University, ON
1987 BA Law and Psychology (Criminology), Carleton University, ON

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 June “ Immanence” Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ont.
2017 March Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montréal, QC.
2016 Nov-Dec “New Work” Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon, Sask.
2015 June “Bridges” Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ont.
2014 March “Sound Scapes IN Colour”,Couture Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden.
2013 Oct-Nov NewZones Gallery, Calgary, Alberta.
2013 Oct. Gallery 3, Ottawa, ON.
2013 July Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
2013, 2011 Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON.
2012 October Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, Ont.
2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montréal, QC.
2012, 2010 Couture Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden.
2011, 2010, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2000 Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, ON
2009, 2007, 2006 Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
2006, 2008, 2009 Drabinsky Gallery, Toronto, ON.
2004 Har, Maison de la culture de Gatineau, QC
2003 Scapes, Peak Gallery, Toronto, ON

Group Exhibitions

2018-19 PAF Art Market and STO Union, Art and technology
2017 PAF-FAS Annual Open House exhibit
2015 Jan. 16 to Feb. 6 “Harmony of Nature”Couture Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden.
2014 -16 June PAF-FAS Founding, and 2nd annual exhibit. Farrellton, Quebec.
2013 Wakefield Community center, 25th aniversary exhibit of Chelsea Wakefield Art Tour.
2012 August “Severance” Wakefest Radisson, Wakefield, Le Peche.
2012 August “Shenanigans” Wakefest Studio Chez Alice, Wakefield, Le Peche.
2012 June 29 – Aug. 18. “Local Flora” Saw Gallery, Ottawa, Ont.
2012 January Big, Galerie St-Laurent + Hill.
2010 Oct. Studio Chez Alice, Chelsea Wakefield Art Tour.
REPÉRAGE la Collection Loto-Québec , Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau.
2009 Nov. Patrick Gordon Framing and Yann Martel Book launch, “Back Burner”,Ottawa
2009 Studio Chez Alice, Chelsea Wakefield Art Tour.
The Collection’s Cabinet, Ottawa city Purchase. City of Ottawa art gallery.
2008 Studio Chez Alice, 20th aniversary exhibit of Chelsea Wakefield Art Tour.
2007 Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 VIVID, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005 Juice, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005 Outside In, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1996 – 2005 Enriched Bread Artists’ Annual Open Studio, Ottawa, ON
2005 Art 2005, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
2003 Cluster, Peak Gallery, Toronto, ON
Through The Looking Glass, Arts Court, Ottawa, ON
Through My Eyes, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Art For Water, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, ON
2002 The Art Of The Soul, Heartwood Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Vive La Peinture, Peak Gallery, Toronto, ON
The Spirit Of Drawing, Arts Court, Ottawa, ON
1999 Techne, Galerie Karsh – Masson, Ottawa City Hall, ON
1998 Emergence, La Maison de la Culture – L’Art Image, Gatineau, QC
Peinture Peinture, Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, Ottawa, ON
1997 Process over Progress, E.B.A.

Art Fairs

2002 – 2019 Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF)
2007 – 2008, 2015 Palm Beach International Art Fair
2005, 2014 Chicago International Art Fair


2001 Barkley, J.R. “Art as Ontophany in the Transistion to a Quaternitarian Paradigm: A Jungian
Interpretation of the work of Roland Poulin”
1999 Barkley, J.R., Jenkins, Amy and Pantieras, Christos “Techne”
1993 Knott, V., Bakisk, D. and Barkley, J.R. “Brainstem Evoked Potentials and
Symptomatology in Patients with Panic Disorder”
Submission to Biological Psychiatry
1992 Knott, V., Bakisk, D. and Barkley, J.R. “Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials and
Symptomatology in Patients with Panic Disorder”
Submission to The Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience

Selected Bibliography

2017 Heather Black. “Stevenson and Barkley: Fragility and Strength.” Westmount Independent. March 21
2015 Anaatasia Philopoulos. “Barkley bridges back to Symbolism”. Lowdown, June 3–9, p.8.
2013 Simpson, Peter. (Big Beat) “Green Man Rising: John Barkley’s artwork reflects both the landscape
and the painter” . Ottawa Citizen. Sec. Arts and Life, D1. Oct. 7/2013.
Simpson, Peter. Wakefield is just that kind of place. Ottawa Citizen. Sec. arts Aug. 21/2012.
2012 Simpson, Peter. “It takes a Villiage: A intertwined Community”. Ottawa Citizen. Aug. 22/2012.
2012 Simpson, Peter. Review: Flora, from beautifuk to brutal, now at Saw and the National Gallery.
Ottawa Citizen. Sec. arts July. I 21/2012.
2012 Gessall, Paul. “The Artful Blogger; Not your garden variety show – exploring Local Flora at Saw
Gallery”. Ottawa Magazine, July 2012.
2012 Taggart, Mary. “Life as an Artist…”. Ottawa At Home. September 6, 2011.
2009 Grande, John K. “John Barkley: World Within, World Without,” in Art Allsorts, writings on Art &
Artists: VOL.II, Go If Press, Canada.
2008 “John Barkley” Galerie be Bellefuille, text by Margaret McDougall.
2007 “18 Things We Love About Vancouver”, WHERE Vancouver, June 2007, p.142
2006 “John Barkley” Galerie be Bellefuille2005 “John Barkley” Galerie be Bellefuille
2004 “John Barkley” Galerie be Bellefuille September
2004 Bouchard, Claude “L’esprit Har” p. 25 – 26; LeDroit; Ottawa – Gatineau;
2004 Gessell, Paul “Barkley Sets a Furious Abstract Pace” ; E1 The Ottawa Citizen
2004 Scott, Melanie “A Group Of Five : Gorgeous Original Abstracts That Won’t Break The Bank” ;
p.57 – 60 ; Interiors
2003 Ruprecht, Alvina; CBO Morning
2003 Gessell, Paul “An Explosion of Colours : Artist John Barkley experiments with a bold new palette”
; p.E3 ; The Ottawa Citizen
2002 Dault, Gary Michael “Gallery Going: John R. Barkley and Mia Thornhill at The Peak”; section R ;
The Globe and Mail
2001 Gessell, Paul “Any way you slice it”; section B; The Ottawa Citizen
2000 Power, Meghan “Carleton’s Artist’s Paintings on Display”; The Carlatan; vol.30 issue 17
2000 Defalco, Connie “Going Out: Our Picks”; section L; The Ottawa Citizen
2000 Gessell, Paul “Artists Share Their Studios, Secrets With The Public”; section G; The Ottawa
1999 Gessell, Paul “Last Blast Of Summer…The Final Weeks Of The Season”; section E; The Ottawa
1999 Shinhat, Molly Amoli K. “The Weight: Cultural Expression at City Hall”; Ottawa X Press
1999 Cote, Christian “Ottawa Hull”; p.A19; Le Droit; Seconde vie Techne, exposition collective
1999 Blitz Art – Techne exhibition opening; TV coverage; Rogers Television
1999 Hanak, Lucie; live interview; CKCU
1999 Thériault, Luke; CBC Radio
1999 Querengesser, Tim “The Process of art”; The Charlatan; vol.29 issue 2
1998 Ruprecht, Alvina; CBO Morning
1998 Gessell, Paul “Abstract art is aging gracefully”; section E; The Ottawa Citizen
1998 Gessell, Paul “Fifty years of abstract art” ; section E ; The Ottawa Citizen
1997 Farrington, Stephanie “Enriched Bread : Fresh and Tasty” ; The Charlatan ; vol.27 issue 13
1997 Wawzonek, Donna “Enriched Bread’s Bun In The Oven” ; Ottawa X-Press ; issue 231
1997 Verucci, Leanna ; CBC Newsday

Scholarships and Awards

1998 – 2000 Carleton University Academic Scholarship
1998 Project grant, Regional Municipality of Ottawa – Carleton
1995 – 96 University of Ottawa Academic Excellence Scholarship
1995 Honorable Mention, Prix Suzanne Rivard LeMoyne Competition
1994 – 95 University of Ottawa A+ Scholarship
1994 Honourable Mention, Jacquelin Fry Memoriam Scholarship Competition

Painting Donations

2009 – 19 Numerous
2008 COPAcabana, Toronto
2007 Splash Auction, Arts Umbrella
2006 Opéra de Montréal
2004 Opera Lyra, Ottawa
2003 Ottawa Art Gallery, art auction

Sample Collections

Air Canada, Ottawa International Airport
Department of External Affairs
Washington Bank
Bombardier Canada
The Region of Ottawa-Carleton
Maple Ridge Capital
Heenan Blakie Canadian National Law Firm
Global Capital Management, Winnipeg
Christopher Lambert
Numerous corporate and private collections nationally and internationally.

Arts and Culture Promotion

Former President and board member of E.B.A.
Past president, now secretary and founding member of Place des artistes de Farrellton.