Two Lobsters Apiece

Two Lobsters Apiece, Oil on canvas, 24 x 24, by Barney Levitt

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About Barney Levitt

I've always been drawn to detail and it's been the realist painters who have been the source of my inspiration, from the Dutch Masters to contemporary realist painters such as Stone Roberts, Scott Pryor, Scott Fraser, and Gregory Gillespie.  Though I prefer not to label myself a Still Life painter still lives figure predominantly in my work.

I work from a studio in my house selecting objects of personal interest.  I try to create a narrative from the chosen objects that will elevate and give new meaning to their ordinariness.  Symbolism plays strongly in my work.  My paintings are the result of combining photographic references, direct observation, and imagination.  I strive to create a sense of mystery or humor from seemingly disparate objects.  Inanimate objects take on an anthropomorphic quality.  I like to create tension with precariously balanced objects suggesting the potential for motion or change.  Often there’s an implicit smirk or wink I'm trying to convey to my audience.

I was raised in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York where my family helped nurture a keen appreciation for nature.  As a child, drawing seemed as natural and necessary as breathing.  Hopefully I will continue to do both for a long time to come.

I studied under Robert Sullins and received my B.A. in studio art from S.U.N.Y. at Oswego.  In December 2007 I was invited to become a member of the Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, MA.  I've been a member of The Copley Society of art since the fall of 2004 and received my Copley Artist designation in May 2006.  I was also juried into The International Guild of Realism (2008), and the Oil Painters of America (2008); I’m a member of The Cape Cod Art Association, The United South End Artists, and an associate member of The Guild of Boston Artists.  I've participated in the Jamaica Plain Artist's Association since 2004.