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Born in Midland, North Carolina in 1936, Joseph Barrett was raised on Bentivar, his maternal grandmothers plantation in Profit, Virginia. He earned his B.F.A. in painting at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Massachusetts and his M.F.A. at the Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.
Barrett's work is heavily influenced by the Fauvist style of Fern I. Coppedge and George Sotter's moonlit snow scenes. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and group shows. He has exhibited locally and won prizes at Phillips' Mill, Coryell Gallery, Bianco Gallery and the New Hope Arts Commission New Century Show. In 2009, he won the Best Traditional New Hope Style Painting at the Annual Juried Art Exhibition at Phillips' Mill, New Hope. In 2010, his work was exhibited in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Rotunda.
Barrett designs, hand carves, and signs many of his own frames. Marisa Gillen from Art Matters says, "He maintains the traditions of the original New Hope Painters by creating his own frames, carved and gilded in metal leaf. While these hand-designed and created frames pay homage to his Bucks County forebears, they also make his work instantly identifiable."
Joseph Barrett is represented by the Silverman Gallery in Holicong, Bucks County.
Joseph Barrett. Image courtesy of the Silverman Gallery.
Education and Training
B.F.A. in Painting, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Pennsylvania
M.F.A. in Painting, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Connection to Bucks County
Joseph Barrett came to Bucks County in 1969. He is owner of the Derby Barrett Antique Shop in Lahaska, Pennsylvania where he also has his studio. The subject of his paintings is primarily focused on the Bucks County landscape around his home.
Colleagues and Affiliations
Christopher Willet, Beveridge Moore
He is associated with the Silverman Gallery with Jennifer Hanson Rolli, Myles Cavanaugh, and Alan Fetterman.
Joseph Barrett’s primary influences have been members of the New Hope School, including Daniel Garber, Fern I. Coppedge, and Edward Redfield. He is also influenced by earlier American Impressionists, the California Plein Air Painters, Child Hassam, Jane Peterson, and Haley Leaver.
Major Solo Exhibitions
Alluvial Days, Silverman Gallery, Holicong, Pennsylvania, 2011
Jim’s Antiques, Solo Shows, Lambertville, New Jersey, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Alluvial Days, Lambertville Public Library, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1998
PNC Bank Solo Exhibition, New Hope, Pennsylvania and Lahaska, Pennsylvania, 1997, 1998
Midlantic Bank Solo Exhibition, New Hope, Pennsylvania and Lahaska, Pennsylvania, 1995, 1996
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Major Group Exhibitions
Pennsylvania State Capitol Building: East Rotunda, Harrisburg, Pennsylania, 2010
Lambertville 12, Levernic Antiques, Lambertville, New Jersey, 2009
Up The River Now, Bristol-Meyers-Squibb, Princeton, New Jersey, 2002
Salmagundi Art Club, New York City, New York, 2000
Coryell Gallery Group Show, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1998
Hang Up Gallery Group Exhibition, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1997, 1998
Doylestown Art League Exhibition, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 1995
American Fine Arts Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1995, 1996
Broadmoor Gallery Group Exhibition, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
Durham Gallery Group Exhibition, Washington, D.C., 1994, 1995
The New Century Show, New Hope Arts Commission, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1994, 1995, 1996
Bucks County Landscape Tradition, Bianco Gallery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, 2000
Bianco Gallery Group Show, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
Coryell Gallery Juried Show, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997
Phillips’ Mill Annual Juried Art Exhibition, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1991, 1992
Bianco Gallery Group Show, 1996
Coryell Gallery Juried Show, 1996
Doylestown Art League Exhibition, Honorable Mention, 1995
The New Century Show, New Hope Arts Commission, 1994
Phillips’ Mill Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Honorable Mention, 1992