Au Gallery : Gold Gallery

Barney Levitt

Artist Statement

I've always been drawn to detail. It's been the realist painters who have been the source of my inspiration, from the Dutch Masters to contemporary realist painters such as Stone Roberts, Scott Pryor, Scott Fraser and Gregory Gillespie. Though I prefer not to label myself a still life painter, still lives figure predominantly in my work. I work from a studio in my house selecting objects of personal interest. I try to create a narrative from the chosen objects that will elevate and give new meaning to their ordinariness. Symbolism plays strongly in my work. My paintings are the result of combining photographic references, direct observation, and imagination. I strive to create a sense of mystery or humor from seemingly disparate objects. Inanimate objects sometimes take on an anthropomorphic quality. Often there's an implicit smirk or wink I'm trying to convey to my audience. I was raised in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York where my family helped nurture a keen appreciation for nature. As a child, drawing seemed as natural and necessary as breathing. Hopefully I will continue to do both for a long time to come.

Education

  • 1978 B.A. Studio Art, SUNY at Oswego

Exhibitions

  • 2016

    Lost and Found, Gold Gallery, Boston, MA

  • 2013

    Whistler House Museum, Lowell, MA

    State House of Representatives, MA

  • 2012

    Harvard Vangaurd Health Center, Cambridge, MA

    J.P. Licks, Cambridge, MA

  • 2011

    James Gate, Jamaica Plain, MA

    Trident Booksellers and Cafe, Boston, MA

  • 2010

    James Gate, Jamaica Plain, MA

    Weston Public Library, Weston, MA

    Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

Awards

  • 2014

    Art Renewal Center Finalist, Still Life

  • 2013

    Copley Society of Art/ Boston Symphony Orchestra, Best in Show

    The National Oil Painter's and Acrylic Society, Merit Award

  • 2012

    Copley Society of Art, Special Merit Award

    Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Director's Choice Award

  • 2011

    People's Choice Award, Cape Cod Art Association National Show

  • 2010

    Artscope Magazine, Centerfold Contest Winner (November/ December)

    Cape Cod Art Association National Show, Honorable Mention