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MEET CHARLES BARBOUR

Artist’s Statement

In my painting, I am attracted by the inherent luminosity as well as the detail possible in egg tempera. My approach is as follows. Working at this time in still-life, my method is to start with one or more carefully composed photos and combine everything into a mockup of the image, which may also consist of some drawing and painting. Although the image may be altered throughout the painting process, the majority of the creative work is at this stage. From the mockup I create a careful drawing of the painting, which is then transferred to a true gesso panel (gesso on 1/2” Baltic Birch plywood). Then the actual painting begins. I endeavor to be informed by contemporary masters such as Koo Schadler and painters of the Renaissance, masters of composition, light, and superb technique.

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BIO

Charles F Barbour (Rick) is a native of Western Pennsylvania, currently residing in Eastern Connecticut. • Some early art studies with his mother (oil painting). • Began playing professionally (drums/percussion) in the 8th grade. • Graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Physics and Music. • Served three years in the army, 327th Army Band, Baltimore, and the Army Band at West Point, NY. • Graduate of the Juilliard School, Artist Diploma and Master of Music. • Performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (percussionist), and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (Principal Timpani), 38 and 45 years respectively. • Active as a watercolor artist and black & white photographer through the 90’s, combining watercolor and egg tempera in the late 90’s. • After an extended hiatus, studies with tempera artist Koo Schadler. • Currently working in egg tempera exclusively.

 
Hibiscus and Orange
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Japanese Anemone & Sedum
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Peonies (from the Marstellar Farm, ca. 1892)
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Winter Morning (2021)
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Time Swiftly Passes By
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Through The Looking Glass
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Lupine & Sweet Potato
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Lavender (Spring 2020)
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Tulips (Spring 2021)
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Tulips (Spring 2020)
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Exhibitions 

New Haven Paint & Clay 121st Annual Juried Exhibition

May 8th- May 29th

Japanes Anemone and Sedum

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Egg Tempera and True Gesso on Baltic Birch

Panel

6 1/2”W  x 8 1/2”H

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Peonies

(from the Marstellar Farm, ca. 1892)

Egg Tempera and True Gesso on Baltic Birch

Panel

6 1/2" Wx 9 1/2"H

Egg Tempera and True Gesso on Baltic Birch Panel
7 5/8”W  x 9”H

Winter Morning

Egg Tempera and True Gesso on Baltic Birch

Panel

5 3/4"W x 7 1/2"H

Time Swiftly Passes By

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Through the Looking Glass

Egg Tempera and True Gesso on Baltic Birch Panel

       6 3/8"W x 7 1/4"H

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Egg Tempera and True Gesso on Baltic Birch

Panel

7"W x 9"H

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Spring 2020 Lupine and Sweet Potato

Egg Tempera and True Gesso on Baltic Birch Panel
6"W x 8"H

Spring 2020 Lavender

Egg Tempera and True Gesso On Baltic Birch     Panel

  6"W x 8"H

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Egg Tempera and True Gesso on Baltic Birch Panel
6" x 8"

Tulips (Spring 2021)

Egg Tempera and True Gesso on Baltic Birch
Panel
6" x 9"

Hibiscus and Orange 
Tulips (Spring 2020)
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Please contact for collaboration, pricing and exhibition inquiries.