Born 1962 in US.
''Spending my formative years in New York City, my work carries an urban attitude. Graffiti was everywhere, energizing the
city with its animated movement and youthful voice. This energy and animation still influences the work I make today.
There is a visual language to every form and shape I create, reflecting everyday life and our relationships to each other,
as well as the world around us. I strive to balance and harmonize the many elements in life that affect all of us as we move
through space and time.
I work with industrial materials and utilize minimalist principles, combining the two and aiming to humanize the unyielding
material into organic shapes, creating a unified ideal and harmonic vision.
My work is a creative impulse that inspires me to push the limits of the material, making my process a part of the art itself. I
feel a great deal of excitement when a work is successfully completed and I hope to share this with an audience.''
Kevin Barrett has been surrounded by abstract sculpture and painting his entire life. He comes from a family of artists, including his father, Bill Barrett, who is also a sculptor. His grandfather, Stan Barrett, was a world renowned abstract painter who studied with Fernand Léger, and who founded the Art Department at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. The works of his father and grandfather have had a lasting influence on the work Barrett creates, as he successfully blends the disciplines of sculpture and painting his own art. Kevin Barrett studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Upon completing his studies, he was employed by the Shidoni Foundry in Santa Fe, NM, where he worked in fabrication and bronze casting.
Barrett set up his first studio in Miami, FL, where he worked restoring sculptures by Joan Miró, Louise Nevelson, Willem De Kooning, and Pablo Picasso for a private collector. During this time, he was also creating his own work and showing extensively in the area, in galleries such as the Joy Moos Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. After eight years in Miami, Barrett returned to New York City, where he maintained a studio in Brooklyn for over twenty years. In 2012, he relocated to Duxbury, MA, where he currently works and resides with his wife and three daughters.
Barrett’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and South America, and can be found in the collections of the Vero Beach Museum, FL, the Interlocken Center for the Arts, MI, the Kruizenga Art Museum at Hope College in Holland, MI,as well as the cities of Coral Springs, FL, and Stamford, CT. His work has also been commissioned by both corporate and private collectors. Considered an expert in his medium, he has independently consulted with and built sculptures for a number of well-known artists in, including Herbert Ferber, Tom Wesselmann, Marjorie Strider, and Allan Houser. His advice and consultation in the creation of metal sculptures continues to be sought after.
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS & COMMISSIONS:
2016 Trinity, Stamford, CT
2014 CWD Real Estate Investments, Grand Rapids, MI
2013 Kleinemas Fleischwaren GmbH & Co. KB, Verl-Sürenheide, Germany.
2011 Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI
2008 Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis, MO
2006 City of Coral Springs, Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL
2006 Proskauer Rose, Boston, MA
2006 Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Rain Garden, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck, MI
2006 Lobby 460 Broadway, New York, NY
2003 Meringoff Properties, 360 Lexington Ave, New York, NY
2003 Vero Beach Museum, Vero Beach, FL
2001 The Thompson Financial, New York, NY
2001 Bayerishe Landesbank, New York, New York.
1992 Swire Properties, Inc., Brickell Key, Miami, FL
1985 Freeman Securities, 75 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ
1980 Martin Pitt Commemorative Sculpture, Hastings High School, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
2019 Market Art + Design, C Fine Art, Bridgehampton Museum, Bridgehampton, NY
2018 Abstractions in Metal, Quidley & Company, Naples, FL
2011 Outdoor Sculpture, C Fine Art, Shelter Island, NY
2006 New Sculptures and Wall Reliefs, Artefact Gallery, New York, NY
2004 New Sculptures, DeGraaf Forsythe Galleries, Saugatuck, MI
2001 Front Street Series, Robert Pardo Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Wall Sculptures, Ezair Gallery, New York, NY
1995 Sculptural Wall Illusions, Dietrich Contemporary Arts, NY, NY
1991 New Sculptures, Boehringer Gallery Inc., Hobe Sound, FL
2020 Color Play, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2020 Art Wynwood, C Fine Art, Miami, FL
2019 Art New York, Quidley & Company, New York, NY
2019 Spring into Color, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2018 SOFA, Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design, C Fine Art, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2018 Market Art + Design, C Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
2018 Hadwen House & Garden, Nantucket Historical Association, Quidley & Company, Nantucket, MA
2018 Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, C Fine Art, Palm Beach, FL
2017 Out of Bounds, C Fine Art @ The White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2017 Market Art + Design, C Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
2017 Pop Nouveau, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2017 Winter Show, Quidley & Company, Napels, FL
2016 Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL
2016 Inaugural Show, Quidley & Company, Westport, CT
2016 Off the Wall, C Fine Art @ The White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2016 Art Hamptons, C Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
2016 Downtown Expressions, Art in Public Places, Stamford Downtown Summer 2016, CT
2015 SOFA, Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design, C Fine Art, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2015 Grand Opening Exhibition, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2015 Group Show & Outdoor Installation, C Fine Art @ The White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2015 Market Art + Design, C Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
2015 Inspirations, Armstrong De Graaf International Fine Art, Saugatuck, MI
2015 Paper on Paper New York, Art Market Productions, New York, NY
2015 Color Personified, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2014 Art Southampton, Lawrence Fine Art, Southampton, NY
2014 7th Annual Art Hamptons, C Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
2014 Summer Exhibition, Quidley & Company, Nantucket, MA
2014 Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2013 Mystical Expressionism: Trilogy, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2013 6th Annual Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY
2013 artMRKT San Franciso 2013, San Francisco, CA
2013 Upon Reflection, Quidley & Company, Boston, MA
2012 Uncommon Ground III, C Fine Art, Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton, NY
2012 Art MRKT, Bridgehampton, NY
2012 Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY
2012 Art MRKT San Francisco 2012, San Francisco, CA
2012 Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida
2012 Inaugural Event, Salazar Contemporary Art Exhibits, La Jolla, CA
2011 Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston, TX
2011 Art MRKT, Bridgehampton, NY
2011 Art Hamptons, Sayre Park, Bridgehampton, NY
2011 Uncommon Ground II, C Fine Art, Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton, NY
2011 Art Chicago,Merchandise Mart,Chicago, IL
2010 Art Hamptons, Sayre Park, Bridgehampton, NY
2010 Uncommon Ground, C Fine Art, Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton, NY
2010 Group Show, Armstrong De Graaf Gallery, Holland, MI