David Barnes, New Paintings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 15, 2013

Exhibition Dates:
October 30–January 24, 2013-14

Artist Talk and Reception:
Tuesday, November 5, 11:00am – 12:30pm in the Hess Gallery, Annenberg Library

The Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College is pleased to present new work by painter David Barnes. Barnes looks at real time events as they create history: insurrection, street protest, and the ongoing sweep of change that is instantaneously global as well as local. He explores the influential nature of social media by selecting anonymous still images that convey the chaotic nature of political change on a broad scale, and ties these random images to the sweep of history with lush, masterful brushwork reminiscent of Old Master painting. Barnes is a figurative painter who depicts moments in time, often gleaned from cell phone videos, home movies or contemporary events found in the news. His painterly approach gives the paintings a “beautiful” quality, using luscious brush work and colors, yet they depict a subject that may be tragic or violent. Many works have an undercurrent of anxiety. They feel as if something bad is about to happen—or has already happened. — artscope magazine

About the Artist

David Barnes paints in his studio in Fall River and is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and UMass Dartmouth. He teaches Advanced Drawing and Color Theory at Bristol Community College in Fall River, as well as drawing and painting classes at Newport Art Museum (davidbarnesart.com).

About the Hess Gallery

Pine Manor College educates and empowers a diverse student body to become accomplished, reflective, and confident leaders—one student at a time. The Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College is curated by Carole Rabe, and presents four to five shows a year. All gallery events are free and open to the public. Please check the website for hours and directions: www.pmc.edu/hess-gallery

Gallery hours are the same as Annenberg Library hours: Mon.—Th. 8am – 10pm;

Fri. 8am – 5pm, Sat./Sun. 1pm—5pm. For holiday hours check the library website: www.pmc.edu/library.

Contact: Carolyn Wirth / cwirth@pmc.edu / 978.298.5210