Barrie Linklater specialises in equine and human portraiture and
a broad range of equestrian subjects, particularly racing scenes
and free action studies of horses in oils and watercolour.
Since completing his training at Woolwich Polytechnic School of
Art he has spent his entire life working with pencil and brush,
first as a young illustrator in London studios, then four years
working in Australia.
His sensitive portraiture soon attracted commissions
from The Baltic Exchange, The Royal Engineers, The Welsh Guards
and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst as well as family portraits
and portraits of people of all ages and backgrounds.
His first equestrian
commission came from HRH Duke of Edinburgh during sittings at Buckingham
Palace for a portrait commissioned by the Welsh Guards, Prince Philip
suggested the inclusion of his ceremonial horse in the painting
and then proposed an equestrian commission which, although his first,
would put Barrie into the top echelon of this genre. This commission
(30 x 46 ins), to paint Her Majesty's favourite mares and foals,
was Prince Philip's Silver Jubilee gift to HM The Queen, resulting
in further commissions from Prince Philip and owners of top class
His commemorative portraits have allowed him to record some
of the significant historical events of our times, from Her Majesty
the Queen's Golden Jubilee, to the splendid depiction of the Royal
Procession to Ascot through Windsor Great Park. He has also recorded
the Garter Procession, the presentation of colours by HM The Queen
to The Royal Welsh Fusiliers and HM The Queen's visit with Prince
Philip to The Royal Engineers.
Ascot Authority commissioned him to create a commemorative painting
of that major landmark in racing history when Frankie Dettori won
all seven races at Ascot Festival. His paintings of Winston Churchill
as war leader and Defender of the Realm have been widely reproduced
in specialist magazines such as the 'Finest Hour' journal of the
Churchill Centre and Societies and also the patriotic quarterly
magazine 'This England'.
Now based in rural Berkshire, England, Barrie is well placed to
study thoroughbreds at both Newbury and Ascot racecourses and trainer
gallops nearby. He has a ready eye for the distinctive character
of each horse and the skills and sensitivity to express these aspects
in his paintings.