Barney Levitt

Oil Painter Of Whimsical & Humorous Realism
Artists 8

52 Sewall St.
Newton MA 02465

Artist Contact Info:
(508) 981-0556
I’ve been creating ‘pictures’ ever since I was old enough to grip a crayon and scribble on my parents’ living room walls. I was given my first oil set when I was 10 years old, which set me on my destined path to becoming a professional artist. After graduating with a fine arts degree in drawing and painting, I never looked back.

I love the malleability of oil paints and create my paintings layer by layer, capturing in painstaking detail every nuance of my subject. I was greatly influenced by the works of the Dutch and Flemish masters, particularly Vermeer.

Much of my work is still life driven as it affords me total control of setups and lighting. I like working with ‘timeless’ objects, which give a sense of nostalgia to the viewer of a long ago era. Old radios, telephones and typewriters, rusted antique tools and glass bottles are often the subject matter of my work. I also love the reflective nature of metallic objects, which captures an image of me at work in my studio.

But just as each of us possess ever-changing moods and feelings; my still lifes vary in theme from the classical ‘old master’ setups, to the quirkier word play paintings. Titles are important to me as they give the viewer better insight into what I’m trying to convey. Humor also plays out in much of my work and I strive for a narrative that will capture the viewers’ attention. My work combines naturalistic detail with quirky offbeat compositions that often juxtapose ordinary objects in ways the viewer doesn’t expect.

I studied under Robert Sullins and received my B.A. in studio art from S.U.N.Y. at Oswego. I’m a member of Gallery Blink in Lexington, MA, Gallery Antonia, in Chatham, MA, and the Stewart Clifford Gallery in Provincetown, MA. I’ve been a member of The Copley Society of Art since 2004 and received my Copley Master status in 2017. I’ve been juried into The International Guild of Realism, The National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society (signature member), Oil Painters of America, and The American Artists’ Professional League
Bruce Wilson, Kate Carleton, Sandy Dick, Nick Read, Linda Rinearson, Remmi Franklin, Barney Levitt, Cindy Sachs
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