The Kinetic Illusion

“Abstraction is his fascination and power tools are his forte.”

- tbarny.com

Circo, Bronze, 23 x 16 inches

Circo, Bronze, 23 x 16 inches

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.

Catena, Bronze, 11 x 9 inches

Catena, Bronze, 11 x 9 inches

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.

Taminya, Moroccan Selenite, 20 x 11 inches

Taminya, Moroccan Selenite, 20 x 11 inches

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.

Sestet, Picasso Marble, 20 x 13 inches

Sestet, Picasso Marble, 20 x 13 inches

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.

Kestral, Utah Calcite, 16 x 13 inches

Kestral, Utah Calcite, 16 x 13 inches

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. 

To learn more about the artist and view his work, visit his website at tbarny.com. You may also follow the artist on Instagram and Facebook.


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