Will Barnet: Aquatints, Etchings, Lithographs and Serigraphs

Will Barnet

Aquatints, Etchings, Lithographs and Serigraphs – a centenarian’s work exhibited at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts from March 1 – April 23, 2011.

Now in his centennial year, acclaimed American painter and printmaker Will Barnet is still producing. “I have no opinion on what it means to be 99 except that it’s different from being 19,” he said in an interview last year with Robin Finn. “I used to work 8, 9, 10 hours a day,” he said.  Now he’s down to three or four.  

Twenty two  of Barnet’s boldly rendered images will be on display at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts from March 1 – April 23, 2011. Trained at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School and the Art Students League in New York, Will Barnet’s work has been exhibited in prominent museums and galleries in the United States and Canada, and included in many prestigious collections such as that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum,  and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

A prolific graphic artist, Barnet changed his style significantly at different points in his career. His earliest works were influenced by expressionism; they were followed by abstract works in the 1950s and 1960s, and finally evolved into more figurative works of silhouetted forms set against geometrically designed backgrounds. Barnet still creates his work every day and the prints for this exhibition reflect his sensibility with simplifed forms and colors with his family being the predominated subject matter.

The featured collection was selected by Dr. Louis Zona, Director at the Butler Institute of American Art in cooperation with the Alexandre Gallery in New York. Dr. Zona has been a personal friend of Barnet’s for many years. Considering him to be one of the most prominent artists in this country, you can be sure the Butler Institute has also added Barnet to their own vaults.

Featured alongside the Barnet exhibition in the Blair Sculpture Walkway Gallery are the subtlely elegant Grolleg Porcelain works of Indiana, PA artist Kevin Turner. These intricate vessels, luminious and nearly transparent, are individually hand built over the course of several months. Born in Mobile, AL, Turner grew up in Mississippi and taught on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for eleven years before moving to Pennsylvania in 2006 to teach ceramics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art.

A public reception is scheduled for the evening of March 4th from 5:30 – 8:30.  Come as you are.  Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.