ABOUT THE ARTIST
Pennsylvania native, Ivan Barnett, was raised by artist parents and knew from a young age that he, too, would become an artist. His father, Isa, was a prominent illustrator and their home was often a gathering place for other creative people. Ivan learned to draw in his father's studio, working along side him, mastering the materials and methods of the art.
Barnett pursued his formal art training at the Philadelphia College of Art. Following graduation and service in the US Army, he dedicated himself full time to his own work. During this period, he discovered the beauty and texture of oxidized steel, a material with which he continues to work. It is his canvas as well as a medium for sculpture.
Barnett's early signature works blended the folk tradition of his native Pennsylvania with strong, contemporary design and he is recognized as one of the first modern American craft artists to revive and interpret traditional American folk forms. He is one of the few living artists represented in the permanent collection of Santa Fe's Museum of International Folk Art. His most recent exhibition, Circlings, featured mobiles, striking compositions created with shapes cut from thin sheets of oxidized steel and painted flat black.
Barnett achieved a high profile in the early eighties when articles in Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens and Country Living extolled his work, especially his wood and steel weathervanes. His portfolio includes notes from presidents and pictures of the White House Christmas tree where his ornaments were hung. It was then that Alexander Girard acquired examples of his work.
The trajectory of Ivan Barnett's career in craft spans more than forty years and its arc tightly parallels the evolution of the contemporary American craft movement itself. His work has involved nearly all aspects of the field, including artist, advisor, writer, jewelry designer, furniture maker, conference organizer and most recently, gallery director. Patina Gallery, an increasingly important venue for the exhibition of fine studio craft, is his most recent collaboration. Working closely with his wife, Allison, the two have established Patina as a destination for an international clientele of collectors.
Barnett is a sought after speaker and panelist at conferences addressing the field of craft and studio jewelry. In recent years, he has participated in panels for the Society of North
American Goldsmiths and CRITICAL Santa Fe, an important symposium convened to discuss criticism in the field of clay. He is also active with numerous supporting organizations.
2013, Abstraction, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2010, Circlings, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2009, Homage to Sandro, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2007, Tonal Constructs, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2006, In the Garden, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2003, Outside the Vision, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2000, Here and There-Jewelry and Works in Metal, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1998, Testament to Diversity: New Mexican Jewelry, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM
Embassy of the United States of America, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Museum of International Folk Art, Alexander Girard Collection, Santa Fe, NM
Esherick Museum, Paoli, PA
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM