Barker was the Senior Lecturer in Fine and Applied Art, at the School of Art and Design, University of Ulster at Belfast and Reader in Printmaking. Awarded an undergraduate degree in Fine Art in 1966 and a post-graduate degree from The University of London in 1967. He also studied Chinese at Goldsmiths’ College, London in the 1960s, and at The Chinese Peoples University, Beijing and Leeds University during the 1980s. He retired from the University of Ulster as Emeritus Reader in Printmaking in 2005 having taught there since in 1968. David Barker is an Honorary Professor in the China National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou and in the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. His research interest is in the history and technology of Chinese printmaking and he has contributed to a number of books published by The British Library, The British Museum The Muban Foundation and The China National Academy of Fine Arts contributing regularly to the journal Printmaking Today.His book Traditional Techniques in Contemporary Chinese Printmaking was published by A&C Black in 2005.