David Barnett (American, b. 1946)
Southwest Sunset Paper Clip Cactus Palette, 2008
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Mixed media on watercolor paper
24 x 32 in
"Southwest Sunset Paper Clip Cactus Palette" is an original, playful mixed media piece on watercolor paper by David Barnett, signed and dated in the lower right. Against a vivid red, yellow, and blue background, green cacti composed of paperclips rise out of the desert in the foreground. The paper is cut into an unusual shape resembling an artist's palette, complete with a rainbow of pigments. Art size: 24" x 32" Frame size: 31 1/4" x 43 1/4" David Barnett, an artist, collector, appraiser and gallerist has been passionate about art from the early age of five. David’s career as an art dealer began at age nineteen when, as a fine arts student, he sponsored an exhibition of work by fellow student artists. In 1966, he opened his first gallery in a converted basement apartment at Wisconsin Avenue and 21st Street. In 1985 David moved his gallery from Wisconsin Avenue into the Old Button Mansion on State Street and has been active ever since. David’s talents for recognizing undervalued artists and for meeting the needs of art lovers, art collectors and artists have created a vibrant, flourishing gallery and collection of over 6,000 works of art. David was born and raised in Wisconsin. He has been painting in watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels as well as fine art photography. David has more than 10 different series he has developed over the years. They include Abstract, Surrealism, Morph Dog, Up North Birch Bark, Impressions of Mexico City, Southwest, Fireworks, Famous Artist Paying Homage and Garden Panorama. Influential artists include Vermeer, Miro, Kandinsky, Chagall, Nolde and Klee. David has been featured in many magazines, newspapers and public television programs regarding his beautiful gallery, collection and knowledge and passion of fine art. David also has work in the permanent collection Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona. In November 2005, he opened his second studio gallery in Hartland, Wisconsin.