FauvistFineArt

Abstract Fine Art by Brian Barkis

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A bit about the Artist - Brian Barkis

Between helping raise four children, and teaching myself to paint in a Fauvist style, I became involved in some very important social causes that are close to my heart. A drunk driver killed my sister-in-law; I volunteer with M.A.D.D. (Mothers (and I add Fathers)Against Drunk Drivers).

I am sickened and fed up with attitudes that permit or minimize the impact of violence against women. I became an area coordinator for the White Ribbon organization of men dedicated to ending gender-based violence. After almost 30 years, the protection of women continues to be a passion for me!

I believe in putting my money where my mouth is. I donate a portion of each art sale to organizations involved in supporting victims of drunk driving, working towards ending violence against women, or food banks/ homeless services.

I am blessed to live in beautiful western Washington, where I can also pursue two other passions: photography and roses! I have even occasionally incorporated dried rose petals from my garden in some of my art pieces!

Artistic Background:

W.F. West High School, Chehalis, Wa
College level courses in Art History, Fundamentals, and Techniques
Art Exhibits in Public Spaces, Galleries and Commercial Establishments
28 Years of personal study and research, with emphasis on the Fauve, Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, and Metaphysical Art

Personal Background:

I am a Texan at heart, born in Houston and raised in Dallas. In a big noisy Catholic family, I was fourth of nine kids. my earliest memories are of being both an avid Artist and Reader. I enjoyed feeding my hungry mind and creativity with new information and visual images.

Growing up, I always had a crayon or artist’s pencil in my left hand. Later, charcoals and imagination helped me explore new and Fascinating horizons.
I still have my childhood love for trains, automobiles, and U.S. manned spaceflight. Back in 1972-73, I even designed a non-gas-fueled car powered by electricity/hydrogen. Too bad I didn’t patent it!

In third grade we moved to Chehalis, Wa., a huge change after Texas! My class went on an eye—opening field trip to Seattle to see a display of Renaissance art. I was especially drawn ( yes, pun intended!) to Albrecht Durer’s life drawings of women, celebrating their beauty in his respectful renderings. Pretty heady stuff for a 10-year-old boy! I vowed that when I grew up I would follow in his footsteps, drawing and painting my own creative interpretations of those lovely female forms.

My parents encouraged my interest with the gift of a John Nagy Art Program. I learned about charcoal techniques, perspective, and other basic art skills. Blue ribbons on some of my school artwork were very gratifying!

In high school I was (and still am!) a Beatles fanatic, and was strongly influenced by them and the Mod colors and shapes. My artistic interests were encouraged by a Pink-Floyd-playing art teacher who challenged me to not be restricted by conventional art rules. She helped me feel confident about taking risks, and stretching myself creatively. I have never forgotten her very sage advice.

I have always enjoyed stepping ‘out of the box’ in my artistic work, embracing new ideas and original concepts. I came to these personal revelations while endlessly listening to ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ during my art class!

During the growing years I also learned important life lessons. Many came from my mother, Barbarann, family matriarch and my first example of a strong woman. She raised both her daughters and sons to be strong individuals, empowered by the best examples of both parents.

Dad (Bruce) taught us all to judge a person by their character and heart, and not the color of their skins. He was a successful Dallas businessman, and was a pioneer in hiring and promoting African Americans to more responsible, better paid positions. This was in the volatile early 1960’s. It enraged the local Ku Klux Klan, and led to some frightening threats and problems for our family. He wouldn’t back down, and ultimately the KKK did.

I was fortunate and blessed to have a second “Mother”, my mom’s african american assistant and our nanny, Margaret K. who helped my Mom with her brood of 9 kids. She instilled in us many valuable life qualities, especially how to treat people decently and equally.

With this upbringing, it is natural for me to treat ALL people with the utmost dignity and respect, regardless of their color, race, creed, religion, or sexual orientation. This is and always will be reflected in my life and my artistic works.

My senior year of high school had been a tough one, and I wasn't eager for college yet. I worked four years, but was drinking too much and using drugs.

Then my life made a dramatic turn for the better. In 1980 I met a woman and as the old saying goes: “it was love at first sight!” I believe Cara saved my life when she put the brakes on the booze and drugs.

We moved in together, and ultimately enrolled in college in Bellingham, Wa. We lived there while completing a year of college, in my case studying art history and technique with much encouragement and recognition. We got engaged, and married in June 1982.

We spent a semester at Trinity college in Carmarthen, Wales on a foreign studies program. We found the Welsh very friendly and hospitable, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our time in Britain gave us many wonderful opportunities to view some of my favorite artists and works in famous art museums and galleries. While there we learned that Cara was pregnant. Our first child, Brian, was born shortly after our return from Britain.

Back in the States, I worked full time and continued my education. My interest in art remained, but I didn’t do much creatively for the next ten years.

In 1993, our colicky second son Ian kept both his parents up almost round the clock. finally with time to fill, I turned again to art. A library book changes my artistic focus forever! It was ‘The Fauve Landscape’ by Judi Freeman - a beautiful book that captivated me and inspired my intense interest and study of Fauvist art. I owe her a huge debt of gratitude for keeping this extraordinary but little-known art alive and documented.

Ever since that mind-altering discovery I have had a special love and appreciation for this quirky art, its history, and artists. I have been heavily influenced and guided by the works of Andre Derain, Georges Braque, Raoul Dufy, Henri Manguin, Henri Matisse, and Maurice de Vlaminck.

These days, my art includes further influences from Dada, cubism, DeChirico ( metaphysical art), and abstract expressionists Emily Mason and Hans Hofmann. My paintings lean towards vivid colors used in innovative ways, bold and linear shapes, and often include respectful use of the beautiful female form.

This past summer my adult daughter Rosemary and I took a cross-country train journey back to my home state of Texas. We returned to Olympia via the Southwest, another of my favorite scenic areas. We shot some beautiful photography, and the desert vistas along the way will feed my artistic mind!

I am currently refocusing my energies on my art business, Fauvist Fine Art. I have hired amazing skilled women to help me get my Etsy store up and running, along with reestablishing my website. And smartly made them collaborators and integral members of my team! When Covid restrictions permit I look forward to hosting/ participating in exhibits locally and around the Pacific Northwest. Instagram and Pinterest will also introduce my art to a larger audience via the World Wide Web.

Thank you for joining me on this journey of self-discovery and growth! I feel very Excited and hopeful about what Our Lord has in store for me, both personally and as an artist. Blessings on you and yours, and I hope you enjoy my Art!

Brian Barkis

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