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Mona

16.00"W x 20.00"H x 0.8"D

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John Barney

LAKEWOOD, CA

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: lonely, buy, special offer, impressionist, texture, portrait, famous, lisa, mona, female, woman, expressionist, abstract, palette knife

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 16"W x 20"H x 0.75"D

Year Created: 2018

Curator's Note: The colors and rapid brushstrokes remind us of German Expressionist painters, who often use unnatural, unsuspected coloring.

This "Mona" appears to look right through you - I mean, try lying to her - really, just try. This is the third in a series of paintings i completed using the same model - each with a different interpretation. The painting comes alive dues to the palette knife technique I employed - it's full of texture and the scrape and scratches from the painting knife.

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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