Tom Barnes


Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes

 

I am a watercolorist with spontaneous personal color theory. I saturate pigments. I layer transparent washes in different hues to give depth and strength to the work. I use classic techniques such as lifting overtones to achieve different effects. A well established palette of 14 colors helps give thematic resonance to my paintings. I use all the rules and break them joyfully. Each piece is a new experiment,  playful process, and surprise evolution.  One might generally find splashes of 14 K Liquid Gold Leaf added to the finished product to give a special touch that is most eye-catching at evening and in candlelight.

 

LTom Barnes in Studio 2014I am influenced  by all manner of art from Medieval icons and Greek death masks to the Impressionists and later, Modigliani and the German Expressionists, with a nod to the Pre-Raphaelites, Kandinsky, Schiele, and Klimt. Recently, I began a study of the recovered Aboriginal Artists of the ’60’s.Their “dream walks” are fast encouraging my own contemporary abstractions.

When I discovered the technology allowing me to paint on canvas, I was captivated. The process of learning a new substrate has been exhilarating. I am now devoted exclusively to the effects of watercolor on canvas. I am pioneering the genre. And to my delight, my longtime and faithful patrons have responded by adding to their collections.

Acceptance into the Nationale Societe de Beaux-Arts in Paris, 2011, and the subsequent hangings in the Carrousel du Louvre along with the Bronze Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Letters in Paris, 2013, convince me that I should keep painting. It is very true to me that when people buy my art, they buy a little of my playtime. The expressions one observes are tell-tale snippets of my temperament: delight in the earth’s abundant glories, peace with the life process, and excitement over what is yet to come. There is not a lot of angst in my life and I hope that comes through in my paintings. My most coveted response is when someone comes up to my work and says, “This stuff makes me happy!”

Tom Barnes
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