Kevin Barrett has been surrounded by abstract sculpture and painting his entire life. He comes from a family of artists, including his father, Bill Barrett, who is also a sculptor. His grandfather, Stan Barrett, was a world renowned abstract painter who studied with Fernand Léger, and who founded the Art Department at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. The works of his father and grandfather have had a lasting influence on the work Barrett creates, as he successfully blends the disciplines of sculpture and painting in his own art.
Kevin Barrett was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1962. Several years later, his family relocated to Westchester, New York, where he spent his formative years. At the age of 14, Barrett’s father taught him how to weld, and he began creating his own sculptures. From these early sculptures, he won a Golden Key Award in the arts.
Barrett received his first commission at the age of 18, in which he created an 8-foot aluminum sculpture that would be displayed in front of Hastings High School in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. The sculpture, entitled “Upright” (1980), still stands there today.
Barrett studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Upon completing his studies, he was employed by the Shidoni Foundry in Santa Fe, NM, where he worked in fabrication and bronze casting.
Barrett set up his first studio in Miami, FL, where he worked restoring sculptures by Joan Miró, Louise Nevelson, Willem De Kooning, and Pablo Picasso for a private collector. During this time, he was also creating his own work and showing extensively in the area, in galleries such as the Joy Moos Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. After eight years in Miami, Barrett returned to New York City, where he maintained a studio in Brooklyn for over twenty years. In 2012, he relocated to Duxbury, MA, where he currently works and resides with his wife and three daughters.
Barrett’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and South America, and can be found in the collections of the Vero Beach Museum, FL, the Interlocken Center for the Arts, MI, the Kruizenga Art Museum at Hope College in Holland, MI,as well as the cities of Coral Springs, FL, and Stamford, CT. His work has also been commissioned by both corporate and private collectors. Considered an expert in his medium, he has independently consulted with and built sculptures for a number of well-known artists in, including Herbert Ferber, Tom Wesselmann, Marjorie Strider, and Allan Houser. His advice and consultation in the creation of metal sculptures continues to be sought after.
Bio by Thea Barrett
"Kevin Barrett’s formal impulse carries a Neo-Modernist orientation to sculpture. It is an impulse that not only projects a deeply felt expressive content, but also carries a carefully hewn visual language. His shapes are complexly configured in three-dimensional space through the formal application of alternating thrusts and conterthrusts that function as a means toward rhythmic unity.
Barrett’s constructive approach has continued to refine itself over the past decade. His work has become less angular and more intensely biomorphic. His ingenious overlapping of amebic planes, as seen in the current work, functions like a mind-game that carries both sensuality and wit. There is a certain lightness about these planar shapes that evades the weight of turgid stylization.
While obliquely reminiscent of Hans Arp’s Dada cut-outs made in Zurich during World War I, Barrett’s forms retain a sense of dynamic energy and metaphorical power that exceeds the past. His highly-charged visual inquiries into the morphological interrelations of shape, ranging from biology to astronomy, offer an incisive vision that suggests phenomena not unrelated to present-day scientific reality.
Barrett’s remarkable capacity to employ diversity within unity, and vice versa, has always been one of the artist’s strengths. This quality is further evident in these painted aluminum wall reliefs. Barrett’s forms reveal an insight into how nature can be transfigured through a deeply-felt aesthetic insight. At the same time, there is a toughness about these shapes that is openly deterministic in the sense of the early Constructivists.
Looking at Barrett’s work one may find a new sense of equilibrium in a world that seems out of sync and chaotic, a world where the tactile and the virtual seems at odds with one another. In these remarkable colorful aluminum constellations, Kevin Barrett offers another possibility for the future. Rather than cynical exhaustion, these interrelated shapes are woven together not as absolute forms but as decoys that keep slipping in and out of place before our eyes. Yet ultimately they cohere together. They retain an openness that brings art into an exquisite dialogue with science. They are free-forms gliding through space and time, full of resonance and equanimity."
- Robert C. Morgan
"Spending my formative years in New York City, my work carries an urban attitude. Graffiti was everywhere, energizing the city with its animated movement and youthful voice. This energy and animation still influences the work I make today.
There is a visual language to every form and shape I create, reflecting everyday life and our relationships to each other, as well as the world around us. I strive to balance and harmonize the many elements in life that affect all of us as we move through space and time.
I work with industrial materials and utilize minimalist principles, combining the two and aiming to humanize the unyielding material into organic shapes, creating a unified ideal and harmonic vision.
My work is a creative impulse that inspires me to push the limits of the material, making my process a part of the art itself. I feel a great deal of excitement when a work is successfully completed and I hope to share this with an audience."
2019 Market Art + Design, C Fine Art, Bridgehampton Museum, Bridgehampton, NY
2018 Abstractions in Metal, Quidley & Company, Naples, FL
2011 Outdoor Sculpture, C Fine Art, Shelter Island, NY
2006 New Sculptures and Wall Reliefs, Artefact Gallery, New York, NY
2004 New Sculptures, DeGraaf Forsythe Galleries, Saugatuck, MI
2001 Front Street Series, Robert Pardo Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Wall Sculptures, Ezair Gallery, New York, NY
1995 Sculptural Wall Illusions, Dietrich Contemporary Arts, NY, NY
1991 New Sculptures, Boehringer Gallery Inc., Hobe Sound, FL
2021 Uncommon Ground IV, C Fine Art, Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton, NY
2020 Color Play, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2020 Art Wynwood, C Fine Art, Miami, FL
2019 Art New York, Quidley & Company, New York, NY
2019 Spring into Color, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2018 SOFA, Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design, C Fine Art, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2018 Market Art + Design, C Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
2018 Hadwen House & Garden, Nantucket Historical Association, Quidley & Company, Nantucket, MA 2018 Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, C Fine Art, Palm Beach, FL
2017 Out of Bounds, C Fine Art @ The White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2017 Market Art + Design, C Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
2017 Pop Nouveau, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2017 Winter Show, Quidley & Company, Napels, FL
2016 Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL
2016 Inaugural Show, Quidley & Company, Westport, CT
2016 Off the Wall, C Fine Art @ The White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2016 Art Hamptons, C Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
2016 Downtown Expressions, Art in Public Places, Stamford Downtown Summer 2016, CT
2015 SOFA, Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design, C Fine Art, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2015 Grand Opening Exhibition, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2015 Group Show & Outdoor Installation, C Fine Art @ The White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY 2015 Market Art + Design, C Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
2015 Inspirations, Armstrong De Graaf International Fine Art, Saugatuck, MI
2015 Paper on Paper New York, Art Market Productions, New York, NY
2015 Color Personified, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2014 Art Southampton, Lawrence Fine Art, Southampton, NY
2014 7th Annual Art Hamptons, C Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
2014 Summer Exhibition, Quidley & Company, Nantucket, MA
2014 Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2013 Mystical Expressionism: Trilogy, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2013 6th Annual Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY
2013 artMRKT San Franciso 2013, San Francisco, CA
2013 Upon Reflection, Quidley & Company, Boston, MA
2012 Uncommon Ground III, C Fine Art, Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton, NY
2012 Art MRKT, Bridgehampton, NY
2012 Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY
2012 Art MRKT San Francisco 2012, San Francisco, CA
2012 Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida
2012 Inaugural Event, Salazar Contemporary Art Exhibits, La Jolla, CA
2011 Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston, TX
2011 Art MRKT, Bridgehampton, NY
2011 Art Hamptons, Sayre Park, Bridgehampton, NY
2011 Uncommon Ground II, C Fine Art, Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton, NY
2011 Art Chicago,Merchandise Mart,Chicago, IL
2010 Art Hamptons, Sayre Park, Bridgehampton, NY
2010 Uncommon Ground, C Fine Art, Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton, NY
2010 Group Show, Armstrong De Graaf Gallery, Holland, MI
2009 The Sculpture Mile, Madison, CT
2009 Group Show, De Graaf Forsythe Galleries, Inc., Saugatuck, MI
2009 Group Show, Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, IN
2009 Modern Marvels, Rosetta Stone Fine Art Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
2009 Outdoor Sculpture, The Commons, Rosetta Stone Fine Art Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
2008 Sculpt Miami, Art Basel, Miami, FL
2008 National Small Sculpture Invitational, Palm Desert, CA
2006 24th Annual BWAC Outdoor Sculpture Show, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Three Sculptors, Walter Randel Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Group Show, Lurie Gallery, Miami, FL
2005 Group Show, De Graaf Fine Art, Ltd., Grand Rapids, MI
GROUP EXHIBITIONS: (Continued)
2005 Inaugural Group Show, Artefact Pardo Galleria, Zurich, Switzerland
2004 Group Show, Artefact Galleria, Milano,Italy
2003 Group Show, De Graaf Forsythe Galleries, Inc., Saugatuck, MI
2003 Group Show, De Graaf Fine Art, Ltd., West Palm Beach, FL
2002 Anti-Gravity, Robert Pardo Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Group Show, De Graaf Forsythe Galleries, Inc., Saugatuck, MI
2001 Collectors Choice, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL
2001 21st Annual Outdoor Sculpture Show, Mather Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY
2000 Lagacies 2000, Alva Gallery, New London, CT
2000 Group Show, Pardo Lattuada Gallery, New York, NY
2000 20th Annual Outdoor Show, Mather Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY
1998 Group Show, Manifold Tribe, Chicago, IL
1998 Quietude Garden Gallery Show, East Brunswick, NJ
1998 A Sculpture Survey, Kouros Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, CT
1997 Reliefs and Sculptural Wall Art, West Side Bronze Contemporary Sculpture, Santa Fe, NM
1997 Summer Show, Museum Master, New York, NY
1996 A Sculpture Survey, Kouros Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, CT
1996 Quietude Garden Gallery Show, East Brunswick, NJ
1996 Inaugural Exhibition,The Museum Masters Collection, New York, NY
1996 Art Miami ‘96, Miami Convention Center, FL
1995 Group Show, Rush Foundation, New York, NY
1995 Group Show, Dietrich Contemporary Arts, New York, NY
1994 Collectors Choice, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL
1994 Inaugural Exhibition, Dietrich Contemporary Arts, New York, NY
1994 Group Show, Roswitha Benkert Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
1993 Group Show, LMG Gallery, New York, NY
1993 A Sculptural Survey, Kouros Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, CT
1992 Group Show, Rachel Freedman Contemporary Fine Art, New York, NY
1992 Sixth Annual Rosen Exhibition, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
1992 1.5 Show, Muranushi Lederman Production, New York, NY
1992 Outdoor Sculpture Show, Brickell Ave, Miami, FL
1992 Outdoor Sculpture Show, Forum Group, Jacksonville, FL
1991 Art Expo, Roswitha Benkert Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
1991 Premier Show, Art Star Gallery, Los Angles, CA
1991 Sculpture Project, The College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
1991 Group Show, The Artists Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1991 Summer Sculpture Show, Greene Gallery, Miami, FL
1991 Indoor / Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Northwood Institute, West Palm Beach, FL
1990 1st Annual Florida State of the Art Exhibition, Miami Beach, FL
1989 Joy Moos Gallery Artists Exhibition, Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, FL
1988 Micro Show, Now Gallery, New York City, NY
1988 Micro Show, Artifacts Art Salon, Miami Beach, FL
1988 Joy Moos Gallery Artists Installation, Capital Bank Building, Miami, FL
1987 Projections, Contemporary Art Center of North Miami, Miami, FL
1986 Group Show, Artifacts Art Salon, Miami Beach, FL
1986 Group Show, Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, FL
1985 Artists Choose Artists, East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art, NY
1982 Annual Show, Shidoni Art Center, Santa Fe, NM
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS & COMMISSIONS:
2021 Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL
2021 Pike & Rose | Federal Realty Investment Trust, Bethesda, MD
2016 Trinity, Stamford, CT
2014 CWD Real Estate Investments, Grand Rapids, MI
2013 Kleinemas Fleischwaren GmbH & Co. KB, Verl-Sürenheide, Germany.
2011 Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI
2008 Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis, MO
2006 City of Coral Springs, Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL
2006 Proskauer Rose, Boston, MA
2006 Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Rain Garden, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, MI
2006 Lobby 460 Broadway, New York, NY
2003 Meringoff Properties, 360 Lexington Ave, New York, NY
2003 Vero Beach Museum, Vero Beach, FL
2001 The Thompson Financial, New York, NY
2001 Bayerishe Landesbank, New York, New York.
1992 Swire Properties, Inc., Brickell Key, Miami, FL
1985 Freeman Securities, 75 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ
1980 Martin Pitt Commemorative Sculpture, Hastings High School, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
1980 Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, Maryland.
1962 Ann Arbor, Michigan.