24.00"W x 20.00"H x 1.5"D

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John Barney


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: blue, orange, friends, escher, modern, colorful, picasso, people, surrealist, expressionist, abstract

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 24"W x 20"H x 1.5"D

Year Created: 2018

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Curator's Note: Here the artists directly references Picasso's cubist style.

Sometimes when examining the nature of friendship - it's almost an abstract idea in which the nature of friendship changes - or is on a continuum from close friend to acquaintance. This painting explores that concept - and also asks the question - who are your real friends? People who come to my shows often say the name "Picasso" as what comes to mind. While he wasn't a direct influence on my work, I decided to embrace it for this painting Its color will really help brighten up a room, and it's psychological dimension will make it a conversation piece. It is painted black on the sides for a contemporary look - no need to frame.

Welcome to my wacky and colorful world. I'm a self-taught Long Beach, California-based artist who's been a fan of art most of my life. I've developed much of my style by combining elements I've admired in paintings while visiting galleries across the country. You can say I was a "wandering minstrel" throughout the galleries of the U.S.. Color, texture, and psychological dimension are probably the three main components of my work. I'm most satisfied when someone connects emotionally to one of my paintings. I love that because it's really about suspending time and space while observing - that momentary escape we feel when relating to something on an intimate level that only we, as individuals, understand. While I do have intentions for some pieces, much of my work is open-ended so that the observer uses their own psychology to fill in the blanks. What's most fascinating to me is what people tell me they see in my paintings - stuff I never thought of! I'm a happily independent artist, won some awards, been in several art publications and galleries. However, the only thing I care about is you - and your art experience. Finally, music is another passion - I write songs and play guitar in "The 11th Floor Band."

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