‘Home’: Paintings by David Barnett
NARROWSBURG, NY — “Home,” an exhibition of new paintings by David Barnett, opens at Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, 37 Main St., on Friday, September 21, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will be on view at the Alliance Gallery through October 27.
Barnett’s color-rich oil paintings often feature figures in quiet moments in home interiors, dappled with sunlight through paned windows or doors, or bouncing off mirrors. He moved to the Upper Delaware River region two years ago, and has been influenced by the elegance and beauty of the landscape and its residents.
“The artists who inspire me most—Klimt, Munch, Gauguin, Toulouse Lautrec, Rousseau—painted through menacing times, yet their paintings were dreamy, colorful, emotional and mythic, focusing on the transcendent beauty of nature, light, color and humanity,” says Barnett. “This selection of work is about our moment in history. I want viewers to lose themselves in the work, to escape and then reflect.”
Born in Atlanta, GA, Barnett earned his B.A. in history at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville before moving to New York and working as a painter of large-scale outdoor advertisements and murals for companies like Nike, Vans and Kate Spade. When he’s not painting in his studio in Lake Huntington, he works as a painter of scenic backdrops for the Metropolitan Opera.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit delawarevalleyartsalliance.org or call 845/252-7576.