Iowa Heritage Digital Collections
State Library of Iowa

Study for Love Notes II

Study for Love Notes II

Title

Study for Love Notes II

Description

Growing up in California, William Barnes attended UCLA before studying painting at Drake with Jules Kirschenbaum. He then studied with Byron Burford in Iowa City, whose course in materials and techniques introduced him to egg tempera and casein, his major media since. Soon after his Iowa City period, signs appeared of what has become Barnes' signature style - landscapes noted for their "loneliness" by a local critic alternated with still-life studies of odd combinations of small objects. Recently, after sojourns in Tucson and Santa Fe, Barnes is bringing a warmer, more relaxed ambience to his exotic works.
Of the many Midwestern artists focusing on landscape and still-life compositions, Barnes creates compositions which seem to contain some mystery or situation beyond the sum of the visual parts revealed. Although obviously aware of artists of the past, Barnes approaches but skirts any direct links with the surrealist or trompe l"oeil genres. Occasionally defined as a …magic-realist,‚ Barnes remains at the edge of that definition, or slightly outside it. His early realistic work with simplified forms and subdued coloring suggested Hopper without deriving directly in any way. Early collages contained figures unlike later work in situations and settings reminiscent of illustrations for 19th century French or German novels.

Creator

Barnes, William

Publisher

University of Iowa. School of Art and Art History

Date

2005-06-21

Rights

Digital collection © The University of Iowa. All works are copyright the individual artist.

Relation

The Daily Palette Digital Collection
Visual Arts
http://dailypalette.uiowa.edu/?artwork=255

Format

8
8
acrylic on rag paper

Type

Still image
Acrylic paintings (Visual works); Acrylic painting (Technique); Rag paper

Identifier

06212005.jpg
183409339
http://128.255.22.135/cdm/ref/collection/dp/id/873