Artist Denis Barry is an “abstract experimentalist” working with digital fractal images. See more of his work by visiting his website.
Drawing has always been a passion. The only art education I ever had was drafting class in high school, which I really enjoyed. Everything I have accomplished in art since then has been learned and developed through experimentation. I continue to experiment even now.
I received a degree in Mechanical engineering and Mathematics at Ohio State University. Over the years, I have been a teacher, draftsman, engineer, statistician and a quality director for a glass manufacturing company. My hobby was, and still is, woodworking.
In 1991, my wife and I wanted to buy some artwork for our new home, but what we wanted was too expensive. I made the comment to her that maybe I could make something and she said, “Then do it!” Some of what I produced ended up in the trash, but a few pieces made it to our walls.
The following year, we had saved enough to buy a piece of art from a local gallery, which offered to hang it in our home for us. The gallery owner saw my work, liked it and asked me to make more for his gallery. I was a resident artist at the gallery until the owner retired in 2008.
Over two hundred of my works have been sold to private collectors and corporate offices, including Colors Inc., ABB, Nationwide, and IBM. However, my wife gets first pick of anything I create!
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I lean towards abstraction in my painting, and love geometrical forms and color.
My passion for painting and woodworking led me to create custom tabletops, bar tops, paintings on paper, glass and canvas, wood construct sculptures and even some architectural designs for our home. I also created a series of wooden coffee and end tables that had abstract paintings on their tops.
Since 2013, I have been developing digital art using fractal generation software on my computer. I morph these fractal images into expressionistic abstract files and have won some online competitions for my digital images. I have also sold these images as limited giclee printings on paper and canvas.
I’m now retired and 72. My wife and I currently live near Griffin, Georgia, where I am a resident artist at Rue Colline Art Gallery. I continue to work on my abstract art and woodworking, and I am still “experimenting.”
Although I have always found beauty in geometric objects, I avoid symmetry as I find it too predictable. The asymmetric composition found in my digital works are what make the points, lines and planes pleasing and so interesting to view.
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