David Barnett (American, b. 1946)
Homage - Happy 100th Birthday to Schomer Lichtner, 2004
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Mixed media, watercolor, iridescent acrylic, collage
15 x 10 in
"Homage - Happy 100th Birthday to Schomer Lichtner" is an original mixed media painting that incorporates collage, watercolor, and iridescent acrylic by David Barnett. It is signed and dated in the lower right. Schomer Lichtner was a prominent Wisconsin artist and graphic designer. The artist of this piece had Lichtner for a drawing glass in the 1960s. He was told to look at an object, then close his eyes and draw it. The artist chose to draw Lichtner, and the resulting portrait has been collaged into this painting. The surrounding flowers evoke Lichtner's colorful graphic style. Art Size: 15" x 10" Frame size: 22 1/4" x 17 3/8" David Barnett, an artist, collector, appraiser, and gallerist has been passionate about art from the early age of five. David’s career as an art dealer began at age nineteen when, as a fine arts student, he sponsored an exhibition of work by fellow student artists. In 1966, he opened his first gallery in a converted basement apartment at Wisconsin Avenue and 21st Street. In 1985 David moved his gallery from Wisconsin Avenue into the Old Button Mansion on State Street and has been active ever since. David’s talents for recognizing undervalued artists and for meeting the needs of art lovers, art collectors, and artists have created a vibrant, flourishing gallery and collection of over 6,000 works of art. David was born and raised in Wisconsin. He has been painting in watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels as well as fine art photography. David has more than 10 different series he has developed over the years. They include Abstract, Surrealism, Morph Dog, Up North Birch Bark, Impressions of Mexico City, Southwest, Fireworks, Famous Artist Paying Homage, and Garden Panorama. Influential artists include Vermeer, Miro, Kandinsky, Chagall, Nolde, and Klee. David has been featured in many magazines, newspapers, and public television programs regarding his beautiful gallery, collection and knowledge, and passion for fine art. David also has work in the permanent collection of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona. In November 2005, he opened his second studio gallery in Hartland, Wisconsin.