Gallery welcomes David Barnett

On Monday, August 29, 2016, Knoxville’s Schwarzbart Gallery will welcome David Barnett, a painter, illustrator, designer and muralist currently living and working in the Catskills – but with some very relevant Knoxville ties. Barnett is the nephew of local woodworking designer Ernie Gross and his wife Pam. He grew up in Knoxville and spent Tuesday evenings studying with Arnold Schwarzbart.

“David’s exhibit as the Schwarzbart Gallery’s first featured artist from outside this community is equally exciting and poignant for us,” said Deborah Oleshansky, Executive Director of the Knoxville Jewish Alliance. “We’re honored to welcome his work, and hope that many people will come to the Gallery to see it in the coming months.”

An Artist Reception will be held on Monday, August 29:
5:30 – 7:00 PM at the AJCC Schwarzbart Gallery
6800 Deane Hill Drive – Knoxville, TN
This is a free event, open to the community and members of all faiths.

David Barnett’s work will be on display at the Schwarzbart Gallery through September 2016. Individuals or groups may request a guided tour by contacting the Knoxville Jewish Alliance.


Palm Springs at Noon, by David Barnett.

Barnett’s work depicts moments in his own life, where the emotional atmosphere overwhelms the subject. He allows his paintings to emote rather than conceptualize. Using color and gesture, he situates his thoughts and memories firmly within an emotional context, separating them from progression and reason. He draws from varied influences, as far reaching as moviemakers like Charlie Kaufman and Denis Villeneuve, to those more closely related, like Peter Doig and Pierre Bonnard.