“Abstraction is his fascination and power tools are his forte.”
A native of California with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, T Barny has been creating sculpture professionally for over three decades. During his career, he has produced more than 900 sculptures that range in size from one-foot-tall tabletop pieces to twelve-foot-tall corporate and public installations that can weigh upwards of 9 Tons.
His works have been shown in over 100 galleries in 20 countries and he has participated in more than 400 group and individual exhibitions. He has worked as an artist-in-residence in such locations as Greece and Italy, as well as several locations throughout the U.S., though the majority of his work is done from his home studio in Healdsburg, California, where the T Barny Gallery & Sculpture Garden is also located.
It is his great love of stone as a medium that allows him to create serene and evocative works that continue to grow in their market presence and are becoming increasingly sought after in both private and public arenas. T Barny imports personally selected stone from quarries around the world, carving his pieces from massive blocks of granite, alabaster, calcite, and his favorite variety, marble.
His works are produced through a method of direct carving, which entails no preconceived notions or models from which to derive the final shape of his pieces. T Barny allows himself to be guided by the natural rhythms of the stone in order to generate a duality between him and the stone.
He makes use of negative space as much as the positive body in order to establish an affinity with the stone, evoking a feeling as sublime as the pieces themselves. His sculptures generate the kinetic illusion of movement and fluidity with forms that follow the natural flow of the material he works with.
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