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William Barnes

Of the many Midwestern artists focusing on landscape and still life compositions, William Barnes creates compositions which seem to contain some mystery or situation beyond the sum of the visual parts revealed. Although obviously aware of artists of the past, Barnes approaches but skirts any direct links with the surrealist or trompe l'oeil genres. His early realistic work with simplified forms and subdued coloring suggested Hopper without deriving directly in any way. His collages contain figures in situations and settings reminiscent of illustrations for 19th century French or German novels. Barnes' extreme care in developing his small to medium-size acrylic or casein panels is apparent to even the casual viewer. Precision and intricacy of detail draw in and hold the viewer. His use of unusual objects commands admiration from collectors who value traditional rendering of form and color, as well as those fascinated by the juxtapositions of miscellaneous remnants of the natural and contrived universe. Growing up in California, Barnes attended UCLA before studying with Byron Burford in Iowa City, whose course in materials and techniques introduced him to egg tempera and casein, his major media since. Soon after his Iowa City period, signs appeared of what has become Barnes' signature style - landscapes noted for their "loneliness" by a local critic alternated with still-life studies of odd combinations of small objects. Recently, after sojourns in Tucson and Santa Fe, Barnes is bringing a warmer, more relaxed ambience to his exotic works. Since 1983 Barnes has exhibited in over 45 Midwestern and Southwestern exhibitions, and his work, which hangs in over 20 public and corporate collections, is sought after by a faithful and patient group of private collectors. Images of his work have been published in ArtNews, Southwest Art, New Art Examiner and New American Paintings.

 

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AND STARRING IN "WHEN THE VOLGA ISN'T ENOUGH"...
Media: Collage
Dimensions: 10 x 8
Price: $450.00

FUTURE FIRST DATE
Media: Collage
Dimensions: 12 x 12
Price: $550.00

FIELD 2
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 4 x 6
Price: $150.00


FIELD 1
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 4 x 6
Price: $150.00

LOOKING DOWN XXV
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 4 x 4
Price: $150.00

LOOKING DOWN XXIV
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 5 x 4
Price: $150.00


CATALINA SERIES: HAT
Media: Casein on panel
Dimensions: 9 x 9
Price: $1,100.00
CATALINA SERIES: DRIFT
Media: Casein on panel
Dimensions: 9 x 9
Price: $1,100.00
CATALINA SERIES: OCOTILLO
Media: Casein on panel
Dimensions: 9 x 9
Price: $1,100.00

CATALINA SERIES: HIKE
Media: Casein on panel
Dimensions: 9 x 9
Price: $1,100.00
CATALINA SERIES: FLOCK
Media: Casein on panel
Dimensions: 9 x 9
Price: $1,100.00
ITS COMPLICATED REALLY
Media: Collage
Dimensions: 8 x 8
Price: $400.00

YOU CRY AND WONDER WHY
Media: Collage
Dimensions: 5 x 9
Price: $400.00
THE OUTSKIRTS OF FOLLIES OR YOU CAN'T MAKE ME LISTEN
Media: Collage
Dimensions: 7 x 8
Price: $400.00
WELL... I GUESS WERE ALL GOOD FRIENDS
Media: Collage
Dimensions: 11 x 8
Price: $450.00

LESS LOVE, MORE LINGER
Media: Collage
Dimensions: 7 x 9
Price: $400.00
COMMUNE GIRLS OF 1968
Media: Collage
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Price: $400.00
GIBRALTAR MAY CRUMBLE
Media: Collage
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Price: $400.00

NOTICE HER CURVES BOYS
Media: Collage
Dimensions: 9 x 11
Price: $450.00
WANDA'S MOTOR CITY DREAM HOME
Media: Collage
Dimensions: 11 x 8
Price: $450.00
I MUST SAY I'M AMAZED
Media: Collage
Dimensions: 8 x 6
Price: $400.00

ARRONDISSEMENT MELODRAMA
Media: Collage
Dimensions: 9 x 10
Price: $450.00
UNTITLED (424)
Media: Pencil
Dimensions: 5 x 8
Price: $200.00
UNTITLED (427)
Media: Pencil
Dimensions: 9 x 12
Price: $200.00

UNTITLED (429)
Media: Pencil
Dimensions: 12 x 9
Price: $200.00
BLOCK SET I
Media: Painted wooden blocks
Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3
Price: $150.00
BLOCK SET V
Media: Painted wooden blocks
Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3
Price: $150.00

FAR AWAY 1
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 2 x 2
Price: $150.00

FAR AWAY 2
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 2 x 2
Price: $150.00
FAR AWAY 3
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 2 x 2
Price: $150.00

FAR AWAY 4
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 2 x 2
Price: $150.00
FAR AWAY 5
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 2 x 2
Price: $150.00
JELLYBEAN
Media: Egg tempera
Dimensions: 5 x 10
Price: $600.00

DRAWING FOR JELLYBEAN I
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 2 x 2
Price: $150.00
DRAWING FOR JELLYBEAN II
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 2 x 2
Price: $150.00
SURVEY
Media: Egg tempera on panel
Dimensions: 6 x 18
Price: $1,500.00

DRAWING FOR SURVEY I
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 2 x 2
Price: $150.00
DRAWING FOR SURVEY II
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 2 x 2
Price: $150.00
DRAWING FOR SURVEY III
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 2 x 2
Price: $150.00

DRAWING FOR SURVEY IV
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 2 x 2
Price: $150.00
EACH DAY
Media: Egg tempera on panel
Dimensions: 8 x 15
Price: $1,500.00
LOOKING DOWN I
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 4 x 4
Price: $150.00

LOOKING DOWN IV
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 4 x 4
Price: $150.00
LOOKING DOWN VII
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 4 x 4
Price: $150.00
LOOKING DOWN VIII
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 4 x 4
Price: $150.00

LOOKING DOWN XII
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 4 x 4
Price: $150.00
LOOKING DOWN XIII
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 4 x 4
Price: $150.00
LOOKING DOWN XIV
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 4 x 4
Price: $150.00

LOOKING DOWN XVII
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 12 x 9
Price: $150.00
LOOKING DOWN XX
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 12 x 9
Price: $150.00
LOOKING DOWN XXI
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 12 x 9
Price: $150.00

LOOKING DOWN XXII
Media: Colored pencil
Dimensions: 12 x 9
Price: $150.00
LOOKING DOWN XXIII
Media: Colored pencil on paper
Dimensions: 14 x 11
Price: $150.00
LOOKING DOWN: FOSSIL
Media: Colored pencil on paper
Dimensions: 14 x 11
Price: $150.00

CATALINA SERIES: Pillow
Media: Casein on panel
Dimensions: 9 x 9
Price: $1,100.00

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