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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.

 

Exhibitions 

Handle With Care
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Spring Tulips 2022
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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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Mystic Museum of Art

Holiday Gift Market

November 8 - December 18, 2022

Wickford Art Association

Members Choice Exhibit

January 6 - February 5, 2023

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts

Slater Memorial Museum 

(Best in Show)

Salon de Litchfield

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts

(Honorable Mention)

New Haven Paint & Clay Club

Hygienic Art

Egg Tempera and True Gesso on Baltic Birch Panel
6 5/8”W  x 9”1/4"H

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Handle With Care                                                                         

Japanese Anemone and Sedum                                                                           

Egg Tempera and True Gesso on Baltic Birch Panel

6 1/2”W  x 8 1/2”H

Hibiscus and Orange 

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

Peonies

(from the Marstellar Farm, ca. 1892)

Egg Tempera and True Gesso on Baltic Birch Panel

6 1/2" Wx 9 1/2"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

Egg Tempera and True Gesso on Baltic Birch Panel

7"W x 9"H

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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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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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Tulips (Spring 2020)

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

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Tulips (Spring 2022)

Egg Tempera and True Gesso

on Baltic Birch Panel

       5 1/2"W x 8"H

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Tulips (Spring 2021)

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

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Please contact for collaboration, pricing and exhibition inquiries.