William Barnes Paintings and Monotypes


Bill Barnes


Still Life


List of Paintings

   William D. Barnes, Professor in the art department at The College of William and Mary, will be opening the  season at the Williams Gallery in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and  Politics, at Washington and Lee University on September 14, 2001. Professor Barnes will be giving  a talk "Painterly Painters" on Friday, September 14, 2001, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 221 of the  Williams School. A reception will follow.

   William Barnes will exhibit paintings and monotypes at  Washington and Lee University, Williams School of Commerce Gallery September 14 through  November 2, 2001. Barnes has exhibited in over 150 exhibitions throughout the United States,  including solo shows at the Bowery Gallery in New York City. In the exhibition at Washington and  Lee, he will show paintings of still-life that range from complex compositions of various objects to  singular forms. Often these table tops incorporate plaster casts as a human presence, with fruits,  flowers, and an assortment of vessels seen under changing conditions of light, time, and shifting  points of observation. Painted from direct observation, these elements, emblems of life and  mortality, are often a basis for work in the vanitas tradition. He will show black and white  monotypes as well.

   For Barnes, this interaction with his subject offers opportunities to forge  connections between himself, the thing seen, and the response in paint. Some of the works are  painted straightaway while others are sustained over an extended period. His choice of colors, the  marks, and quality of imprint represent the character and dynamic of the subject as he feels it.

   The  monotypes, executed in diverse tones and notations, often taken from the same motifs as his  paintings, are more open in light and shape and demonstrate Barnes at home with the medium . William Barnes was born in Chicago, raised in Iowa, received an M.F.A. from the University of  Arizona, and is Professor of Art and Art History at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, where he has taught since 1975.



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