Barry DeBaun, Lake Katrine, NY Member Since December 2013 Artist Statement Barry DeBaun – The Artist
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Barry DeBaun was born 1956 in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Long Island until ten, and then moved to the Catskill Mountains where he still resides. With the beauty of the mountains surrounding him, and his early exposure to the ocean, we are not surprised to find his inspiration comes from his love of nature. Poetic landscapes, sensitive figures, realistically rendered still life and moody seascapes, place him as a true American Romanticist.
Working in watercolor his entire career and oils in more recent years, his work is reminiscent of 19th century painting. Influenced by the Hudson River School, the Pre-Raphaelite’s and the American Impressionists. As with Thomas Cole in the mid-1800’s, Mr. DeBaun is continuing the legacy of traditional painting in the Catskills and beyond.
The paintings represented here, span a period of well over thirty years. There is a variety of subject and style because of the continuing creative process. They are not placed in any sort of chronological order.
Winner of many national awards received from groups including the American Artists’ Professional League, the Salmagundi Club, Kent Art Association, Northeast Watercolor Society, Ridgewood Art Institute and the Hudson Valley Art Association where he received the Gold Medal of Honor. Mr. DeBaun will be listed in Who’s Who in America, 2014.
His work may be found in private collections throughout the United States, Germany, England, Switzerland and the Dominican Republic.
Throughout his career Barry has exhibited in many important galleries throughout the east coast and museums, including: The Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany NY The Berkshire Museum of Fine Art, Pittsfield MA The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield MA And a special invitational show at the Senate House Rotunda in Wash. DC in 2001.
Barry has served on the board of directors of the: Hudson Valley Art Association American Artist Professional League Council of American Artist Societies Hudson River Watercolor Society