Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Portraits of St. Louis Artists: Barry Liebman

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I walked into Barry Liebman's studio on Sunday, saw some of these paintings and thought, "wow, I bet this guy likes Cy Twombly." So I asked if he did. In response, he pulled out a beautifully-made art book about that painter. It told me something about Liebman.

He is an abstract painter who often uses mixed media to enhance the effect. Music is a great influence on his work: he has series inspired by the work of Charlie Parker and the Adagio from the 9th Symphony of Gustav Mahler (my artistic hero!). You can click here to listen - you'll get the point. No Western music is more profound.

Until recently, Liebman was co-owner of St. Louis' beloved Left Bank Books, one of America's finest independent booksellers. He will soon be moving to Whidbey Island, Washington, a jewel in Puget Sound not far from Seattle. Our loss, their gain.
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8 comments:

Olivier said...

j'aime bien ce portrait, avec cette composition

cieldequimper said...

I wouldn't be a huge fan of his artwork, but I like his serious face against the jumble on the table. I envy him a move to Whidbey island but I'm not sure I could have left the bookshop behind...

LD said...

Love this photo. From old book stores to Twombley, Charlie Parker to Mahler this post has so many good things its like a really good chocolate truffle.

Birdman said...

Outstanding portrait, simple yet so telling!

brattcat said...

such an insightful portrait.

Virginia said...

I love all the "stuff"! Great portrait. He looks so calm amid the collage of things before him.
V

Steffe said...

I like this one. Both the text and the portrait.

T. Becque said...

I like this with the jumble of art supplies in front of him.