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J ohn Barney Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, USA

An artist's statement

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s a lifelong musician, I create art the same way I do music, somewhat haphazardly, taking a wisp of an idea and making

it whole. My goal is to enjoy the process and hope that the finished product makes an emotional or psychological impact with the viewer. I am intrigued and motivated by mystery, surrealism,psychological dimension and the passion of the artistic experience - regardless of form. I strive to have you share the same experience I do when looking at an interesting work of art - namely that time and space are suspended for a few brief moments, taking us away from our present reality and into that netherworld of alternate universes, so to speak. I feel strongly that the viewer create his/her own experience or meaning with the painting, consequently, I am often hesitant to explain the work. My education and career has been in psychology - and emphasizing that dimension in my work may help you discover something about yourself.

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John Barney is an artist in the Los Angeles area. A fan of art his whole life, John's visited galleries across the country. A self-taught artist, not bound by convention or formal training, John has been free to follow his own path. He has incorporated many of the characteristics he has admired from the many paintings he's observed - namely color, texture, and psychological dimension.. Many of his paintings are created using a palette knife - he feels that texture adds to the emotional impact of a painting and finds the controlled random elements of the knife stroke fascinating. During the past couple years he has won several awards for his paintings including numerous 1st place winners in the Long Beach Art Walk Masterpiece Contest. In addition, he's been featured in "The Level 25 Art Journal" and well as in Renee Longen's book "Fundamentally Female." John work can be found throughout the United States. He's had several gallery shows but prefers to deal directly with the public through his appearances and website. John is also a musician and songwriter, currently playing with his band,The Eleventh Floor (11thfloorband.com). He lives in southern California with his wife and son.

ARTiculAction Art Review // Special Issue // Winter 2016