Joel Barnett is a visual artist and maker from the Endless Mountains of northeast Pennsylvania, currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee. He incorporates various visual layers, textures, and styles that are heavily influenced by the natural world and our affair with it.
WCG: How did you get to be where you are now as an artist?
Barnett: I started out painting abstract geometric shapes and moved to watercolor. In time, I found that my art needed to be on a substrate that supported building liquid layers. Through this process, I created a style that calls others to engage with it. My goal is to evoke emotion and perspective while also representing my current artistic expression without compromise.
WCG: What does being an artist mean to you?
Barnett: Being an artist means having the ability to share the lens you view life through and effectively communicate a message. Everything I've experienced has cultivated my work to what it is today, and I search for new ways to tell my story daily. To me, being an artist is the marriage and unfolding of story and storyteller.
WCG: What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your work?
Barnett: I hope my work primarily creates conversation and social intersection. The connection I've shared with others through art is revolutionary, violently beautiful, and imperative to our social evolution. I hope it inspires others to find their voice and share it.
WCG: What two art-related achievements are you the proudest of?
Barnett: A few years ago I did a collaboration with Birds In The Airport (Tom Breyfogle) and created a 5' x 3' work, “Resound” as a visual interpretation of his song “Newspapers & Magazines” for an album release show. Another is providing the album artwork for The Still, Small Voice's record “Manage” with my painting “Conscious”. Music is a large part of my life and I love the communion of sonic and visual art.
WCG: What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Barnett: Don't force your creativity...listen to it, learn it, and just give it a place to grow.
Barnett's Closing Remarks:
I have a few collaboration projects in the works, but I will also be showing in the Wedgewood/Houston Art Crawl this June. Also, my work will be featured at Fido, June through August.
SGB Featured Work (March - April 2018)
Subconscious - 33” x 33” sister painting to my previous work “Conscious”, which explores another perspective of our relationship with our mind. It is made of concentrated dye, acrylic and resin on a reclaimed door.
Restitution - 32” x 43” work that started a few years ago. A reclaiming of what was lost, “Restitution” is concentrated dye, acrylic and resin on a reclaimed door.
“Revelation” -28" x 28" Focusing on enlightenment and expansion rather than constrictions and condemnation. Acrylic, dye, graphite, and resin.
Keep Up With Joel Barnett at:
joelwbarnett.com and on Instagram at @joelwbarnettart