Deceptively simple caricatures dance in calm colors in many of the late Will Barnet’s lovely post-70’s era paintings.
His incredible artwork spans all the major trends of the eras he personally experienced.
In the 30’s, Will painted in the style of social realism. Somewhat grim portraits portrayed the prevailing disposition of the day. Faces hung solemn in apparent gloom, their life energy dowsed in a dim palette.
However, by the time the 40’s set in, Barnet was into Modernism and his art soon took the movement’s likeness. He stepped into the style of Indian Space art with deliberate, thought-provoking work.
“Painting is almost like a religious experience, which should go on and on…” – Will Barnet
The 50’s brought out the abstract expressionist in Barnet. He experimented with form and thought in a number of new ways during this period – settling from formlessness to elegant simplicity in the 60’s.
Will’s famous refined style came together in the 70’s, when he put all of his previous influences to work together in his art. All the way up to the age of 101, he continued painting his lovely masterpieces. He couldn’t help but keep creating…