VISUAL ARTIST

BARRE BARRETT

Concert: Nuovo Aspetto & Holger Falk

Friday, Feb. 7 AT 7:30PM

ART EXHIBITION FOLLOWING CONCERT

The Artist

I’ve been painting for 60+ years so overall my art is quite diverse.  I started with Oils but switched to Acrylics when they became commercially marketed after the 1950s.  Their faster drying time, sense of immediacy and brighter colors fit in well with the Abstract Expressionist paintings of that era when I first began exploring Art at the University of Missouri.

I was hired at Ottawa University in Kansas in 1962 as the Art Department head.  It was a solo appointment teaching all of the Art, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, etc. and Art History courses there.  I became involved as an associate director of a Miss America local Pageant (Miss Ottawa) sponsored by the local Lions Club.  I worked on designing and building the staging designs for several years. 

I began graduate work in Art and Art Education at the University of Kansas where several of my peers were experimenting with mixing brushing lacquer with oil paint to get a quicker drying time.  It makes a great painting medium but the breathing of lacquer fumes is dangerous and a big detriment.  Although I experimented with it, I quickly abandoned it.  Watercolor painting became a staple for a long time partly as a result of a course in Watercolor at the University of Colorado, but Acrylics led to larger pieces in watercolor and eventually back to oil which is still a staple often and shares my attention in final works.   I continued my education at the University of Kansas and completed a PhD in Art Curriculum there in 1970.

I arrived at Jacksonville University in 1970 and one of my colleagues demonstrated using acrylic painting medium to achieved semi-transparent layering effects.  I still use that technique in acrylic paintings and I also combine watercolor, color pencils, and pastel with Acrylic. In Florida, I aligned myself with the Florida Artists Group and exhibit with them and with the First Coast Plein Air Painters.

In the 80s I often used Watercolor extensively in mostly abstract works.  Exploring specific themes including Celtic Runes after a trip to Britain and Ireland, I often begin with Watercolor to block in and develop a design.  Then using the immediacy of acrylic painting on top of the watercolor led to many interesting works.  I worked primarily with somewhat abstract ideas, then later began to combine realistic images with abstract passages.  That struggle continues in recent years.  The painting Joy Shells combines Watercolor with some acrylic and abstraction with realistic shells.

More recently I became intrigued with the wading birds in Florida such as Flamingos, the Great Blue Heron, the White American Egret, and the Reddish Egret.  My painting, Flamingo View, combines abstraction with realism and uses an acrylic layering technique.

There are more stories to be told about the other myriad and diverse works that I produced but there is neither time nor space to do that here.  I leave it to visitors to my site to consider these ideas as the works are examined.

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

Works are showcased at the concert and at the reception following each concert. Concert attendees are able to meet the artists at the reception. The exhibition remains in place for several weeks and works are available for purchase.

VENUE
465 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

VISUAL ARTIST

BARRE BARRETT

Concert: Nuovo Aspetto & Holger Falk

Friday, Feb. 7 – 7:30PM

ART EXHIBITION
FOLLOWING CONCERT

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

Works are showcased at the concert and at the reception following each concert. Concert attendees are able to meet the artists at the reception. The exhibition remains in place for several weeks and works are available for purchase.

VENUE
465 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

The Artist

I’ve been painting for 60+ years so overall my art is quite diverse.  I started with Oils but switched to Acrylics when they became commercially marketed after the 1950s.  Their faster drying time, sense of immediacy and brighter colors fit in well with the Abstract Expressionist paintings of that era when I first began exploring Art at the University of Missouri.

I was hired at Ottawa University in Kansas in 1962 as the Art Department head.  It was a solo appointment teaching all of the Art, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, etc. and Art History courses there.  I became involved as an associate director of a Miss America local Pageant (Miss Ottawa) sponsored by the local Lions Club.  I worked on designing and building the staging designs for several years. 

I began graduate work in Art and Art Education at the University of Kansas where several of my peers were experimenting with mixing brushing lacquer with oil paint to get a quicker drying time.  It makes a great painting medium but the breathing of lacquer fumes is dangerous and a big detriment.  Although I experimented with it, I quickly abandoned it.  Watercolor painting became a staple for a long time partly as a result of a course in Watercolor at the University of Colorado, but Acrylics led to larger pieces in watercolor and eventually back to oil which is still a staple often and shares my attention in final works.   I continued my education at the University of Kansas and completed a PhD in Art Curriculum there in 1970.

I arrived at Jacksonville University in 1970 and one of my colleagues demonstrated using acrylic painting medium to achieved semi-transparent layering effects.  I still use that technique in acrylic paintings and I also combine watercolor, color pencils, and pastel with Acrylic. In Florida, I aligned myself with the Florida Artists Group and exhibit with them and with the First Coast Plein Air Painters.

In the 80s I often used Watercolor extensively in mostly abstract works.  Exploring specific themes including Celtic Runes after a trip to Britain and Ireland, I often begin with Watercolor to block in and develop a design.  Then using the immediacy of acrylic painting on top of the watercolor led to many interesting works.  I worked primarily with somewhat abstract ideas, then later began to combine realistic images with abstract passages.  That struggle continues in recent years.  The painting Joy Shells combines Watercolor with some acrylic and abstraction with realistic shells.

More recently I became intrigued with the wading birds in Florida such as Flamingos, the Great Blue Heron, the White American Egret, and the Reddish Egret.  My painting, Flamingo View, combines abstraction with realism and uses an acrylic layering technique.

There are more stories to be told about the other myriad and diverse works that I produced but there is neither time nor space to do that here.  I leave it to visitors to my site to consider these ideas as the works are examined.