Barr’s ouevre celebrates the structural and elemental components of Luminism and the Barbizon School much like the great Frederic E. Church and Albert Bierstadt before him. His paintings resonate a marriage of color and light that work spatially to create the sublime characteristics of Luminism. Special attention is given to his use of paint on the picture surface. His technique renders the application of thin layers, or glazes, of oil paint, which creates a luminous glow. His love and understanding of nature is strikingly represented in each of his paintings.
His subjects include the colorful Pennsylvania countryside, the serene environment of Martha’s Vineyard, the Chesapeake Bay, the vast Adirondack Mountains and the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Barr’s technique celebrates realism and an art movement called Luminism.
Selected Exhibitions with Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE
2014 New Paintings
2011 USArtists, Somerville Manning Gallery
2010 USArtists, Somerville Manning Gallery
1978 BFA, Tyler School of Fine Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1973 Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts, Erie, PA
“I’ve always felt a strong connection to the paintings of the Barbizon and Luminist painters. I can achieve radiance in my paintings using the glazing techniques practiced by these painters. In each of my paintings I combine elements I’ve seen in nature that strike a cord in me. By combining these abstract elements I can produce paintings that come close to the real soul of nature, as I see it.”