As a young child, I loved to make sand castles on the beach. People never recognized them as castles, as they were really my first abstract sculptures. I have worked in almost every material, form, and scale- from carved stone to neon, argon, or mercury gas-filled blown glass; from classical clay figures to welded or cast metal abstract objects; from jewelry-sized sculptures to monumental 40 foot fabric installations. This encompassing experience drew me back to the oldest material of Man, the one that I continue to find the most expressive ... Stone.
I am currently working to enlarge molds I have taken from some of my favorite stone sculptures, in order to create monumental Bronze installations. My loves of carving, casting, and technology have formed a perfect relationship, allowing me to take sculptures I have carved by hand and create bronze editions that carry the same integrity as the sculptures they are molded from.
Relationships with collectors have been an important aspect of T Barny’s success. Bert and Linda began collecting T Barny sculptures in the early years of T Barny’s career. “I was maybe 22 when I saw his work at his studio,” recalls Bert, “but I was young and couldn’t afford it at first. Now I own eight or nine pieces.” All Bert’s pieces are variations on T Barny’s signature mobius form. Bert adds: “I have pieces in wood, bronze and stone. They are all unique and extraordinarily beautiful. I don’t know how anyone can look at his work and not think he’s a genius.”
BURT & LINDA
PORTOLA VALLEY, CA