Kevin Barrett is a third generation artist who had the unique experience of growing up surrounded by abstract sculpture and painting his entire life. Constantly observing and learning at a young age, sculpting quickly became second nature to him, allowing him to express his inherent vision and sense of abstract composition.
Barrett’s grandfather, a successful Abstract Expressionist painter and founder of the Art Department at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, was greatly influential on Kevin’s art teaching him the significance of color in non-representative form. The other major influence on him during his youth was his father, sculptor Bill Barrett who taught him the fundamentals of art. From him Kevin learned the importance of materials and structure and how to transform them into elegant, abstract forms. Later, when the family moved to New York, Kevin apprenticed with his father and learned to weld and work with aluminum, steel and bronze.
As a young, developing artist still in his teens, Barrett was recognized for his talents with New York’s prestigious Golden Key Award in Art and won a national scholastic art competition. This resulted in his first commission to build a large, outdoor welded-aluminum sculpture. Barrett continued his education at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
After college, Barrett began working at the famous Shidoni Foundry and outdoor sculpture park in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he learned the masterful technique of bronze casting. Subsequently, Barrett apprenticed with a number of well-known artists in New York and Europe and built sculptures for influential artists such as Herbert Ferber, Tom Wesselmann, and Alan Houser. Barrett set up his first independent studio in Miami, where he worked for ten years before relocating to New York City for the next twenty years.
Barrett expresses himself through his sculpture, bringing a rhythmic energy to the inherent strength and durability of his chosen medium. His sculptures have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, and purchased by both private collectors and public instuitions such as the Interlochen Center for the Arts where it is admired by students and aspiring artists.
In an exciting turn of events, the artist recently moved to Massachusetts where he resides with his wife, Sabina, and their three daughters. Newbury Fine Arts is pleased to exhibit and represent Kevin Barrett’s magnificent sculpture.
"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
2019 Market Art + Design, C Fine Art, Bridgehampton Museum, Bridgehampton, NY
2018 Abstractions in Metal, Quidley & Company, Naples, FL
2011 Outdoor Sculpture, C-Fine Arts, Shelter Island, New York.
2006 New Sculptures and Wall Reliefs, Artefact Gallery, New York, New York.
2004 New Sculptures, DeGraaf Forsythe Galleries, Inc., Saugatuck, Michigan.
2001 Front Street Series, Robert Pardo Gallery, New York, New York.
1997 Wall Sculptures, Ezair Gallery, New York, New York.
1995 Sculptural Wall Illusions, Dietrich Contemporary Arts, New York, New York.
1991 New Sculptures, Boehringer Gallery Inc., Hobe Sound, Florida.
2019 Color Play, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2019 Art New York, Quidley & Company, New York, NY
2019 Spring Into Color, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2018 Market Art + Design, C Fine Art Bridgehampton, NY
2018 Hadwen House & Garden, Nantucket Historical Association, Quidley & Company
2018 Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, C Fine Art, Palm Beach, FL
2017 Out of Bounds, The White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2017 Market Art & Design, Bridgehampton, NY
2017 Winter Show, Quidley & Company, Naples, FL
2017 Pop Nouveau, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
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, CT
2015 SOFA, Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design, C Fine Art, Chicago, IL
2015 Grand Opening Exhibition, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
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 Inspirations, Armstrong De Graaf International Fine Arts, Sangatuck, MI
2015 Market Artand Design, Bridgehapton, NY
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. November12 - December 3.
2013 6th Annual Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, New York.
2013 art MRKT San Francisco 2013, San Francisco, California.
2013 Upon Reflection, Quidley & Company, Boston, Massachusetts.
2012 Uncommon Ground III, Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton, New York.
2012 Art MRKT, Bridgehampton, New York.
2012 Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, New York.
2012 Art MRKT San Francisco 2012, San Francisco, California.
2012 Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida.
2012 Inaugural Event, Salazar Contemporary Art Exhibits, La Jolla, California.
2011 Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston, Texas.
2011 Art MRKT, Bridgehampton, New York.
2011 Art Hamptons, Sayre Park, Bridgehampton, New York.
2011 Uncommon Ground II, Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton, New York.
2011 Art Chicago,Merchandise Mart,Chicago, Illinois.
2010 Art Hamptons, Sayre Park, Bridgehampton, New York.
2010 Uncommon Ground, Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton, New York.
2010 Group Show, Armstrong De Graaf Gallery, Holland, Michigan.
2009 The Sculpture Mile, Madison, Connecticut.
2009 Group Show, De Graaf Forsythe Galleries, Inc., Saugatuck, Michigan.
2009 Group Show, Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, Indiana.
2009 Modern Marvels, Rosetta Stone Fine Art Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida.
2009 Outdoor Sculpture, The Commons, Rosetta Stone Fine Art Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida.
2008 Sculpt Miami, Art Basel, Miami, Florida.
2008 National Small Sculpture Invitational, Palm Desert, California.
2006 24th Annual BWAC Outdoor Sculpture Show, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York.
2006 Three Sculptors, Walter Randel Gallery, New York, New York.
2006 Group Show, Lurie Gallery, Miami, Florida.
2005 Group Show, De Graaf Fine Art, Ltd., Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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, Michigan.
2003 Group Show, De Graaf Fine Art, Ltd., West Palm Beach, Florida.
2002 Anti-Gravity, Robert Pardo Gallery, New York, New York.
2002 Group Show, De Graaf Forsythe Galleries, Inc., Saugatuck, Michigan.
2001 Collectors Choice, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida
2001 21st Annual Outdoor Sculpture Show, Mather Hospital, Port Jefferson, New York.
2000 Legacies 2000, Alva Gallery, New London, Connecticut.
2000 Group Show, Pardo Lattuada Gallery, New York, New York.
2000 20th Annual Outdoor Show, Mather Hospital, Port Jefferson, New York.
1998 Group Show, Manifold Tribe, Chicago, Illinois.
1998 Quietude Garden Gallery Show, East Brunswick, New Jersey.
1998 A Sculpture Survey, Kouros Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, Connecticut.
1997 Reliefs and Sculptural Wall Art, West Side Bronze Contemporary Sculpture, Santa Fe, NM.
1997 Summer Show, Museum Master, New York, New York.
1996 A Sculpture Survey, Kouros Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, Connecticut.
1996 Quietude Garden Gallery Show, East Brunswick, New Jersey.
1996 Inaugural Exhibition,The Museum Masters Collection, New York, New York.
1996 Art Miami '96, Miami Convention Center, Florida.
1995 Group Show, Rush Foundation, New York, New York.
1995 Group Show, Dietrich Contemporary Arts, New York, New York.
1994 Collectors Choice, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida.
1994 Inaugural Exhibition, Dietrich Contemporary Arts, New York, New York.
1994 Group Show, Roswitha Benkert Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
1993 Group Show, LMG Gallery, New York, New York.
1993 A Sculptural Survey, Kouros Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, Connecticut.
1992 Group Show, Rachel Freedman Contemporary Fine Art, New York, New York.
1992 Sixth Annual Rosen Exhibition, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.
1992 1.5 Show, Muranushi Lederman Production, New York, New York.
1992 Outdoor Sculpture Show, Brickell Ave, Miami, Florida.
1992 Outdoor Sculpture Show, Forum Group, Jacksonville, Florida.
1991 Art Expo, Roswitha Benkert Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
1991 Premier Show, Art Star Gallery, Los Angles, California.
1991 Sculpture Project, The College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1991 Group Show, The Artists Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1991 Summer Sculpture Show, Greene Gallery, Miami, Florida.
1991 Indoor / Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Northwood Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida.
1990 1st Annual Florida State of the Art Exhibition, Miami Beach, Florida.
1989 Joy Moos Gallery Artists Exhibition, Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, Florida.
1988 Micro Show, Now Gallery, New York City, New York.
1988 Micro Show, Artifacts Art Salon, Miami Beach, Florida.
1988 Joy Moos Gallery Artists Installation, Capital Bank Building, Miami, Florida.
1987 Projections, Contemporary Art Center of North Miami, Miami, Florida.
1986 Group Show, Artifacts Art Salon, Miami Beach, Florida.
1986 Group Show, Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, Florida.
1985 Artists Choose Artists, East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art, New York.
1982 Annual Show, Shidoni Art Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
COLLECTIONS & COMMISSIONS:
2017 Kruizenga Art Museum, Hope College, Holland, MI
2016 Trinity, Stamford, CT
2014 CWD Real Estate Investments, Grand Rapids, MI
2013 Kleinemas Fleischwaren GmbH & Co. KB, Verl-Sürenheid, Germany
2011 Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan.
2008 Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri.
2006 City of Coral Springs, Sample Road, Coral Springs, Florida.
2006 Proskauer Rose, Boston, Massachusetts.
2006 Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Rain Garden, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, Michigan.
2006 Lobby 460 Broadway, New York, New York.
2003 Meringoff Properties, 360 Lexington Ave, New York, New York.
2003 Vero Beach Museum, Vero Beach, Florida.
2001 The Thompson Financial, New York, New York.
2001 Bayerishe Landesbank, New York, New York.
1992 Swire Properties, Inc., Brickell Key, Miami, Florida.
1985 Freeman Securities, 75 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, New Jersey.
1980 Martin Pitt Commemorative Sculpture, Hastings High School, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
1980 Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, Maryland.
1962 Ann Arbor, Michigan.