Helmut Barnett

As an American Abstract Artist, I work in many contemporary media and images. Geometric and organic forms in oil and acrylic on large canvases; mixed media drawings on paper using acrylic, oil, charcoal, solvent transfer and collage. Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1946, my family moved to Abilene, Kansas in 1957. After finishing high school in Chicago and four years service in the Air Force, I moved to Austin, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1974. I have since lived in Austin with my wife and keep a studio in a renovated 100 year old house in downtown Austin.


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Helmut Barnett Collages (5-works)
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Helmut  Barnett Christmas Collage
Christmas Collage
acrylic, collage
39 x 35 x 1.5 in
Helmut  Barnett Devices
Devices
acrylic, collage
25.5 x 21.5 x 1.5 in
Helmut  Barnett Four Step Drawing
Four Step Drawing
acrylic, collage
39 x 35 x 1.5 in
Helmut  Barnett Line of Sight
Line of Sight
acrylic, collage
26 x 23 x 1.5 in
Helmut  Barnett Picasso on the Beach
Picasso on the Beach
acrylic, collage
25.5 x 21.5 x 1.5 in

Helmut Barnett Paintings (15-works)
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Helmut  Barnett Lifted
Lifted
acrylic on canvas
24 x 20 x 2.75 in
Helmut  Barnett Mozart in Prag
Mozart in Prag
acrylic on canvas
66 x 54 x 1.75 in
Helmut  Barnett Arctic Night
Arctic Night
acrylic on canvas
66 x 54 x 2.75 in
Helmut  Barnett Brazil
Brazil
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 x 1.75 in
Helmut  Barnett Canarios
Canarios
acrylic on board
21.5 x 17.25 x 1.5 in
Helmut  Barnett Cellular
Cellular
acrylic, charcoal on board
25 x 21 x 1.5 in
Helmut  Barnett Clarion
Clarion
acrylic on canvas
66 x 54 x 2.75 in
Helmut  Barnett Explorer
Explorer
acrylic, charcoal on paper
42.5 x 34.75 x 1.5 in
Helmut  Barnett Green Float
Green Float
acrylic on board
21.5 x 17.5 x 1.5 in
Helmut  Barnett Gusher
Gusher
acrylic, charcoal on paper
42.5 x 34.75 x 1.5 in
Helmut  Barnett Jamaica
Jamaica
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 x 1.75 in
Helmut  Barnett Little Box
Little Box
acrylic on canvas
25 x 25 x 2.75 in
Helmut  Barnett Singular Event
Singular Event
acrylic on canvas
45 x 45 x 2.75 in
Helmut  Barnett Thicket
Thicket
acrylic, charcoal on paper
39 x 35 x 1.5 in
Helmut  Barnett Yellow Light
Yellow Light
acrylic on canvas
54 x 54 x 3 in

Helmut Barnett Small Paintings 10 x 10 x 1.6 (8-works)
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Helmut  Barnett Autumn Tumult
Autumn Tumult
acrylic on board
10 x 10 x 1.6 in
Helmut  Barnett Coming Apart
Coming Apart
acrylic on board
10 x 10 x 1.6 in
Helmut  Barnett Half Life I
Half Life I
acrylic on board
10 x 10 x 1.6 in
Helmut  Barnett Half Life II
Half Life II
acrylic on board
10 x 10 x 1.6 in
Helmut  Barnett Harlequin Dance I
Harlequin Dance I
acrylic on board
10 x 10 x 1.6 in
Helmut  Barnett Harlequin Dance II
Harlequin Dance II
acrylic on board
10 x 10 x 1.6 in
Helmut  Barnett Luminous I
Luminous I
acrylic on board
10 x 10 x 1.6 in
Helmut  Barnett Luminous II
Luminous II
acrylic on board
10 x 10 x 1.6 in

Helmut  Barnett

Helmut Barnett

Helmut Barnett Description

The first thing that you notice about Helmut Barnett’s paintings is their sheer scale and transparency of color. No photo or published replication can quite prepare you for the detailed intensity of his large pieces.

They are the presence in the room, an extension of a highly complex mind that sees and feels a multi-faceted connection with life.

Settling in to understand these pieces, one realizes they are not only deeply personal to Helmut but also deeply about Helmut himself. They are a reflection of a distinctly sharp and orderly intellect with an appreciation and sensibility for the deep insight that mathematics, history, engineering, music and poetry affords.

In some pieces, you see a wonderfully colored splash of art on top of a collage of old worn pages from books in bygone times. The placement of any given photomontage is so meticulously arranged that Helmut has managed to make the viewer think that perhaps the soft beige and cream words and images are merely a backdrop for the colorful painting on the foreground. Ah, but herein lies the magic of the piece. Each decoupage tells a story and unlocks a deeper meaning when understood with its neighboring panel.

One must repose with any given piece, explore it and give it your focused attention in order to have it reveal it’s true essence. According to Helmut, “everything is related”. This is your first clue that the bit of a poem, the call number of an aircraft and the graph of structural integrity all blend seamlessly to reveal an embedded and larger concept. It is only then that the viewer has the pleasure of combining these insights with the refined design that overlay the piece. If you are lucky enough to have Helmut point out and explain these seemingly disparate items, the end result will be your special connection to the piece.  It will seem like becoming re-acquainted with an old friend.

In his use of color, Helmut has an almost reverence for each pigment and it’s unique property. They are like friends that work together but are never overpowered by the other. There is a delicate force and transparency in each stroke. Helmut’s black and white pieces on the other hand, are a stunning array of fluid lines, shapes that are not abstract, but according to Helmut are “unobstructed.” They are musical and reveal the flow of a generous and delightful personage.

Over the years Helmut’s work has been shown in both group and in solo exhibitions. This, in and of itself, is a testimony to his timeless fluidity and relevance to the art of our time. My advice: Go see the work in person and see if my description doesn’t fit!

Cecilia Garrec's review of a solo exhibition for Helmut Barnett

March 2018

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