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Gallery Artists:

Scott Addis
Hamilton Aguiar
Craig Alan
Kevin Barrett
Greg Calibey
Michael Carson
Nancy Chaboun
Paul Chester
Michele Dangelo
Charles Dwyer
Elisabeth Estivalet
Susan Gheyssari
Liz Gribin
John Joseph Hanright
Johanna Harmon
Peregrine Heathcote
Ron Hicks

Larry Horowitz
France Jodoin
Sebastian Kruger
Yingzhao Liu
Ramon Lombarte
Tim Merrett
David Morico
Nadee
Opie Otterstad
Paul Oxborough
Jean Richardson
Pauline Roche
Marlene Rose
Regina Saura
David Michael Slonim
Steven Stroud
Andy Summers
Thom Surman
Jeffrey Terreson
Ronnie Wood
Treacy Ziegler

Additional Select Artists:
(see all)

Yoel Benharrouche
G. Rodo Boulanger
Romero Britto
Jim Buckels
Michel Delacroix
Carol Diamond
Domonique Dorie
Brian Fox
David Gerstein
Jurgen Gorg
Hessam
Ted Jeremenko
Odile Kinart
Willi Kissmer
David Krakov
Joseph Lorusso
Sam Park
Virginia Peck
Jessica Pisano
Thomas Pradzynski
Charlotte Reine
James Rizzi
Randy Stevens
Mackenzie Thorpe
Gideon Tomaschoff
Don Wilks
Lynne Windsor

 

Kevin Barrett
artwork

b. 1962

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


Artist Statement

"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."


SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

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

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

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.

EDUCATION:
1980     Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, Maryland.

BORN:
1962     Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 
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