Howard Barnes


Painting in the Tradition of the Washington Color School

Howard Barnes, a colorist who studied under Paul Reed from the Washington Color School, typically creates his paintings in a series of five, allowing him to fulfill the vision he develops at the beginning of the process.

Barnes describes his approach to painting as based on a keen observation of nature, along with his personal experiences and an abiding love of color. His works masterfully portray the interdependency of various color fields grounded by elegant design, creating compositions that are at once subtle, transcendent and fully exuberant.

Howard Barnes began his artistic career as part of the art departments of various corporations such as American Science & Engineering and Raytheon. His award-winning illustrations were featured in various competitions throughout the United States. During the late 70’s and 80’s, in order to support his college bound children, he worked as an art director with Bolt Beranek & Newman, where he was granted a one-man show to stimulate the importance of art in the work place. During that time he also participated in Project Artband with the DeCordova Museum in a faculty assignment for gifted middle school students, as well as a part-time faculty member teaching computer art and graphics with New England College in New Hampshire. During the 90’s, he continued his corporate work as a medical illustrator with Advance Practice Strategies in Boston.

Barnes describes his art process as follows:

Paul Reed’s influence on movement within the color field has stimulated my interpretation of color subtlety. I create color merges with defined lines, expressing unity. Each painting tells a story with different color applications. Case in point, my canvas, The Purple Rain. As a boy growing up in Kansas, I was taken by the way, on a hot summer’s day, a storm would move in to cool the heat of the day. A violent rain would mellow out and end with a soft purple rain. To that end, my work is based on observation of nature, personal experience and the love of color.Howard Barnes

Washburn University School of Fine Art, Topeka, Kansas ~ The fundamentals of classical art training
Heidelberg University School of Design, Heidelberg, Germany ~ A foundation for structured design
Paul Reed, Member of the Washington Color School, Washington, D.C. ~ The true understanding of color without boundaries

Solo Shows:
Andover Gallery, Andover, MA (2 shows); Clark Gallery, Lincoln MA (2 shows); Ellsworth Gallery, Simsbury, CT (2 shows); SRD Gallery, Dennis MA (Retrospective Show)

Group Shows:
OUI Gallery, Boston, MA (Focus on Abstraction); Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA (4 shows); Allport Association Gallery, Larkspur, CA (2-person); Ellsworth Gallery Simsbury, CT (2-person); Addison Gallery of American Art; Phillips Academy, Andover MA (Profile of a Gallery); Boston Printmakers 30th National, Boston MA; The Falmouth Artist Guild, Abstract Juried Show, Falmouth, MA; SRD Gallery, South Dennis, MA (2 Group shows (Focus on Abstraction)

Corporate Collections:
Cameron & Coby, New York, N.Y.; Chrysler Building, New York, N.Y.; Connecticut Mutual, Wellesley, MA; Davis Press, Boston, MA; EM Hart, Hartford, CT; 3M Minneapolis, MN; GCA Corporation, Burlington, MA; Key Data, Wellesley, MA; Raytheon, Saudi Arabia; Rudolph Beaver, Waltham, MA; Santa Ruma Law Firm, Boston, MA; BBN, Cambridge, MA