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Barry Sparkman
Phoenix, AZ

About the Artist

In a career spanning nearly twenty-five years, Barry Sparkman continues to explore the creative possibilities of nonobjective paintings and prints in his new home of Phoenix, Arizona. His work reflects a passion and respect for nature in all of its forms. So far, Barry has lived in Tennessee, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina, Montana, and Florida, and he consistently absorbs the look and feel of each place, storing his impressions of each place to create abstract works of art.

Sparkman holds a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of Miami, a Maste…

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About the Artist

In a career spanning nearly twenty-five years, Barry Sparkman continues to explore the creative possibilities of nonobjective paintings and prints in his new home of Phoenix, Arizona. His work reflects a passion and respect for nature in all of its forms. So far, Barry has lived in Tennessee, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina, Montana, and Florida, and he consistently absorbs the look and feel of each place, storing his impressions of each place to create abstract works of art.

Sparkman holds a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of Miami, a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Middle Tennessee State University (1985). Outside the studio, Barry teaches art and held a range of positions at various museums and commercial galleries.

In addition to his teaching practice, Sparkman regularly participates in solo and group exhibitions at venues throughout the United States. He has also received numerous awards, artist grants, and he has been featured in a variety of publications.

Sparkman’s work is represented in numerous private and public collections including "The Amity Art Foundation Inc.":http://www.amityartfoundation.org/ in Woodbridge, Connecticut, "The Metro Nashville Airport Authority":http://www.nashintl.com/ in Nashville, Tennessee, The "American Express Group":https://www.americanexpress.com/ in Atlanta, Georgia, and "The Pepsi Corporation":http://www.pepsico.com/, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Artist’s Work

Squabble
Barry sparkman

Squabble

By Barry Sparkman

Micro and macro
Barry sparkman

Micro and Macro

By Barry Sparkman

Brood
Barry sparkman

Brood

By Barry Sparkman

Tenacity
Barry sparkman

Tenacity

By Barry Sparkman

Gradient
Barry sparkman

Gradient

By Barry Sparkman

Nuance
Barry sparkman

Nuance

By Barry Sparkman

Echoes and reflections
Barry sparkman

Echoes and Reflections

By Barry Sparkman

Beneath the surface
Barry sparkman

Beneath the Surface

By Barry Sparkman

Past and present
Barry sparkman

Past and Present

By Barry Sparkman

Familiar ground
Barry sparkman

Familiar Ground

By Barry Sparkman

Surface tension 3
Barry sparkman

Surface Tension

By Barry Sparkman

Four elements
Barry sparkman

Four Elements

By Barry Sparkman

Selected Exhibitions

  • Schoolhouse Galleries
    Provincetown, MA, 2012
  • Artspace
    Raliegh, NC, 2011
  • University of Miami Wynwood Project Space
    Miami, FL, 2008
  • 56th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art
    Boca Raton, FL, 2008
  • Aesthetics & Values, The Gallery at Green Library, Florida International University
    Miami, FL, 2008

Press and Accolades

  • Fowler Dune Shack Arist Residency, Cape Cod National Seashore, Provincetown, MA
    2012
  • Richard Cabe Terraphilia Artist Residency, Colorado Arts Ranch, Salida, CO
    2012
  • Florida Individual Artist Fellowship
    2008

Education

  • Arizona State University, Museum Studies Graduate Certificate
    Tempe, AZ,2015 
  • University of Miami, M.F.A. Printmaking
    Miami, FL,2008 
  • Louisiana State University, M.F.A. Painting
    Baton Rouge, LA,1989