Setting the bar high

by Webmaster, 5th January 2021

Abstract art can be a funky, fascinating and colourful addition to any wall, as evidenced by Robert David’s unique barcode-inspired work

“Barcodes are all around us - on food packaging, newspapers, magazines, official forms and even staff ID badges,” says artist and interior designer Robert David. “Yet they largely go unnoticed due to their dimensions and format.”

Robert painted his first barcode, taken from a can of Red Bull, as part of a room design as an alternative headboard for a king-size bed. His unusual art form soon became popular and a commercial commission to paint several canvases for La Fosse restaurant in Cardiff followed. 

Other recent commissions include a bottle of Bollinger champagne, a bar of chocolate and a bottle of expensive perfume. 

“I take my inspiration from pop art," says Robert. "The linear styles of Piet Mondrian and Bridget Riley and the Austrian symbolism of Gustav Klimt.” 

As well as private commissions, Robert has exhibited his art at the Gmex centre in Manchester and The Ickenox Art Fair in Islington, London.

Robert David has created an art form out of barcodes, and takes inspiration from pop art

The barcode for this commission was taken from a hand sanitiser product and incorporates the Cardiff skyline

'Music' was one of the works commissioned by La Fosse restaurant in the Welsh capital

For more information about Robert’s barcode art or his interior design work, visit or Robert’s Facebook page:

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