David Barnett

Combining found elements with those fashioned by my own hand, my work encompasses two- and three-dimensional collage as well as sculptural objects. Infused with a rich sense of history, the essence of my work lies in the age-old struggle between nature and the man-made industrial world. My challenge is to convey that sense of conflict in way that resonates with the viewer. I incorporate Victorian era botanical imagery, ancient anatomical diagrams, and vintage mechanical components along with natural materials. Whether it’s a rusty piece of metal, branches from an oak tree, or tiny turquoise-tipped rooster feathers, the right juxtaposition reveals itself to me—the more absurd, the better. A character is born and a narrative begins to unravel. The theme of flight is recurrent, as is the conflation of anatomy and mechanics. The result is a menagerie of ethereal winged creatures, human and animal hybrids, and fanciful flying machines. In this era of mass-production and instant gratification, it’s my hope that these intimate and meticulously crafted works will also evoke a sense of rarity, delight, and mystery.

selected solo exhibitions
2016 David Barnett Recent Work, George Billis Gallery, New York NY
2014 Remains to be Seen, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York NY
2012 Recent Constructions and Collages, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York NY
2011 Resurrection, Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry NY
2010 Sacred Creatures, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York NY
Constructions and Collages, St. Andrew’s School, Middletown DE
2009 Poetic License, Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry NY
2008 Spirits on the Wing, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York NY
2007 Flight Patterns, Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry NY
1996 2D & 3D David Barnett, Brownstone Gallery, Brooklyn NY
1994 Works on Paper, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD

selected group exhibitions
2015 Elemental Energies, Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan CT
National Juried Exhibition, First Street Gallery, New York NY
Intelligent Objects, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven CT
ReCycle, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn NY
24th Annual Juried Competition, Bowery Gallery, New York NY
The Art of the Vehicle, Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan CT
Works on Paper, Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry NY
2014 Drawing Democracies, Steuben Art Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY
Small Wonders, Circle Gallery, Annapolis MD
Exposition des Peintres Américains, Abbaye de Léhon, Léhon, France
Humor, Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua NY
Spectrum/Sustainable Art, Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan CT
2013 Chelsea Art Walk, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York NY

ArtSpan Juried Art Auction, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco CA
Holiday Art Show, Studio A Gallery, Tarrytown NY
Lost and Found in Yonkers, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers NY
Works on Paper, Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry NY
Summer Selections 2013, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York NY
2012 Art to the Point: Tri-State Juried Exhibition, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah
Winter Salon, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York NY

art fairs
2013 Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Convention Center, Palm Beach Fl
2012 Art Southampton, Southampton NY
2010 Art Miami, The Art Miami Pavilion, Miami FL
ArtHamptons, Bridgehampton NY

reviews
2015 International Assemblage, by Dale Copeland
2014 David Barnett: Collaging and Questioning the Transformation into Modernity,
by Vivian Van Dijk (Eyes IN magazine)
2013 Paper Works, by Laura Tringali Holmes (Eyes IN magazine)
2012 The Fascinatingly Bizarre David Barnett, by Vivian Van Dijk (Eyes IN magazine)
2011 Winter Salon: 2010-2011, by Maureen Mullarkey (CityArts magazine)
2010 David Barnett: Sacred Creatures, by Melissa Stern (CityArts magazine)
2005 Barnett Opens Exhibit at Weber Fine Art, by David Konigsberg (Chatham
Courier)

publications
The New York Times, The Rivertowns Enterprise, Print magazine, Graphis (Switzerland),
idea (Japan), novum (Germany), Art Directors Club of New York, The Type Directors
Club, The Society of Publication Designers, The Scarsdale Inquirer
artist in residence
The Alfred & Trafford Klots International Program for Artists, Léhon, France
teaching
1976-1985 Parsons School of Design, Instructor
1977-1988 Pratt Institute, Adjunct Associate Professor
1984-2003 School of Visual Arts, Instructor

guest lecturer
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD, St. Andrew’s School, Middletown DE,
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY, Art Directors Club of New York, Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan CT, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York NY, HOW Interactive Design Conference, Boston MA, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers NY

http://davidbarnettworks.com


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