T Barny

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T Barny with the Möbius sculpture Serenity

T Barny (born August 8, 1956)[1] has been creating sculpture professionally for over three decades. Since 1984, he has lived and worked in the Alexander Valley Wine Country. He is known for his stone sculptures of Möbius “Celtic Knots” and curvilinear shapes.

During his career, he has produced over 900 sculptures ranging from one-foot-tall tabletop pieces to twelve-foot-tall corporate and public installations weighing upwards of 9 tons. He owns and operates the T Barny Gallery & Sculpture Gardens, and is an instructor and guest artist at sculpture symposiums worldwide. He has a passion for sculpting stone, but has worked in a wide variety of materials, including bronze, wood, water, steel, and ice.

Early life & education

T Barny was born in San Francisco, California, the youngest of three siblings. He attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut where he found his love of art. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1980.[2]

In recent years, T Barny has become a mentor and instructor to many young and aspiring sculptors, especially through the Central California Sculpture Symposium in Cambria, California, the Northwest Stone Sculpture Symposium in Mt. Vernon, Washington and the Southwest Stone Carving Symposium in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. He has taught at the Mendocino Art Center in California and The Carving Studio in West Rutland, Vermont.[no citations needed here]


T Barny has worked with a large variety of materials, including stone, bronze, wood, steel, water and ice. His passion lies in carving with stone from all corners of the world. As of August 8, 2016, he has completed works in 200 types of stone sourced from 43 individual countries.[3] T Barny has a selection of bronze limited editions in a range of three patina colors he formulated himself. The pieces in the bronze collection define his style of work, presenting stone sculptures transformed into a different medium. As they are not made from clay, plaster, or wax models, T Barny's work in bronze shares the integrity of the original stone form in a different material and color palette.[no citations needed here]

Specific size and stone pieces are regularly commissioned by the artist, T Barny. He has carved site specific pieces for individual and corporate spaces, including Dow Jones, Inc, Sonoma State University, Kendall Jackson Wine Estates, McDonald's Corp., Microsoft, Heller First Capital Corp., PepsiCo, as well as a large variety of others.[no citations needed here]

Mobius, Superellipsoid, Curvilinear & Abstract

Though he is known for his Möbius “Celtic Knot” designs, he also works with a variety of superellipsoid, curvilinear and abstract shapes. His flowing, curvilinear sculptures have been lauded by patrons and criticsTemplate:Who internationally.[no citations needed here]

Awards & Recognition

Template:BLP sources section T Barny has won various awards such as “Best Body of Work”, “Award of Excellence”, “Editor’s Choice Award”, and a “Purchase Award” from the California Museum of Art. His resume of exhibitions and awards span the full 35 years of his career, and his pieces hold prestigious placement in collections internationally. T Barny has participated in over 400 individual and group exhibitions in more than 90 galleries worldwide.[4] He frequently gives talks about the art of carving with a diamond-tipped chain saw and the history of stone sculpture. His work is collected in 21 countries.

2009 – Plaza Art Center, Healdsburg, CA Best Body of Work

2007 – Sculptural Pursuit Magazine’s Annual Competition Editor’s Choice Award

2007 – Plaza Art Center, Healdsburg, CA Award of Excellence & Honorable Mention

2000 – Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA Honorable Mention

2000 – The HARC Foundation, Santa Monica, CA Honorable Mention

1997 – Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA First Prize

1996 – Golden State Sculptors Show, Agoura Hills, CA Third Place Award

1995 – Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, CA Honorable Mention

1995 – Glen River Digital Gallery, Weston, CT First Place

1995 – Quantum Corporation, Milpitas, CA Best of Show

1990 – California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA Purchase Award

1989 – Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Sacramento, CA First Prize: Sculpture

1982 – Central California Biennial, Pacific Grove, CA First Prize

1982 – Peninsula Sculpture II, San Mateo, CA Honorable Mention

1981 – Strathmore Paper Inc., San Jose, CA Graphic Design Award


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