James Barsness 2011

Exhibition Dates: May 7 – June 25, 2011
Location: Arthur Roger @434, 434 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Arthur Roger @434 is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by James Barsness. The exhibition will be on view May 7th – June 25th, 2011 at Arthur Roger @434, located at 434 Julia Street. The gallery will host an opening reception to meet the artist on Saturday, May 7th, from 6 to 8 pm.

Hanuman's Rescue, 2009

James Barsness is drawn to the world of fantastic imagery. His paintings explore the possibilities of multiple simultaneous narratives that can be quite complex. His intricate compositions are influenced by Breughel, Bosch, R.J. Crumb, Tibetan sacred painting and the artistic traditions of Thailand, India and Ireland.

Barsness seeks to illuminate the possibilities of every dimension of human behavior he can imagine. It is his desire that his work to be palatable to a lay viewer as well as to those who have a more sophisticated idea of possibilities in art making. Barsness possesses a mastery of draftsmanship that enables him to achieve a marvelous co-existence of imagery within the frame of his highly controlled paintings.

Paintings by Barsness have ben featured in solo exhibitions at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, GA, the Kohler Art Center Sheboygan, WI and the Boise Art Museum, ID. His work included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale School of Art Gallery and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in Philadelphia.

Barsness has been the subject of two career monographs and more than 15 exhibition catalogues. He has also been the recipient of several awards including a Djerassi Foundation Resident Artist grant in 2011. The artist has also received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Elizabeth Foundation. James Barsness lives and works in Athens, Georgia .

For further information please contact the Arthur Roger Gallery at 504.522.1999 or visit our web site: www.arthurrogergallery.com.