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BFA, Brigham Young University 1984. Graduate Studies ASU 1985. Mesa AZ resident. I have been a professional artist for over 30 years, with one person/group exhibitions across the globe, and collections throughout the country, Europe, and as far away as the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in Wakayama Japan. Winner of numerous awards in art, Architecture, and Environmental Design, including Arizona’s prestigious “Crescordia Award” (2010). I continue to travel the world in my artistic and aesthetic explorations.

My contemporary figurative artworks are an exploration of the drama, the emotional complexities, the mental and spiritual realities of this human experience we are suspended in. I strive to unravel and engage the viewer in universal truths that transcend the boundaries of social class, politics, nationalities, religion, and even time itself. My large oil paintings, monotypes, and bronze sculptures delve into matters of the universal human heart, such as love, joy, passion, beauty, kindness and hope. They also transcend into the dark shades of loss, pain, rejection, stress, fear, despair and relationship complexities. By dealing in emotional truths with a common human denominator, I strive to have my aesthetic explorations relevant, and moving. My aim is to speak to the hearts of those sensitive enough to understand this visual vocabulary.

William Barnhart Studio Paintings

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