Artist Statement

During this period as Robert matured, his point of view regarding the topic of sin evolved, and thus the series has a complex and layered significance for Robert.

Robert, Barrett, Artist in Rancho Mirage, CA
Robert Barrett, Artist

Robert Barrett grew up in Iran and Italy. Surrounded by art and culture he understood, at an early age, that art was a potent form of communication that could surmount the limits of language. Trained as an artist, but compelled to be more socially engaged than a traditional studio artist, Robert used his art knowledge and background to construct a career where art, and the values evident in art, were central to his work. Robert was a well know and successful California arts booster and national arts leader. His career included positions as a municipal art manager, a contemporary art museum director, and cultural tourism advertising executive; positions that allowed little time for a sustained studio practice. Only because of a mid-life crisis, and subsequent counseling, that resulted in a life-altering dream, did Robert return to the studio and begin the series of paintings included in this exhibition. Because of Robert’s demanding career, this Seven Deadly Sins series took over two decades to complete. During this period as Robert matured, his point of view regarding the topic of sin evolved, and thus the series has a complex and layered significance for Robert. He hopes the series will be meaningful for his audience as well.