Born in Midland, North Carolina in 1936, Joseph Barrett was raised on Bentivar, his maternal grandmother's plantation in Profit, VA. He earned his BFA in painting at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and completed his MFA at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA.
Painting the Bucks County landscape for more than 40 years, Barrett’s work is heavily influenced by the Fauvist style of Fern Coppedge, and George Sotter’s moonlit snow scenes. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and group shows. In 2010, his work was exhibited in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Rotunda, and in 2009 he won the “Best Traditional New Hope Style Painting” at Phillips' Mill.
Barrett designs, hand carves and signs many of his own frames which he finishes in metal leaf. His frames are reminiscent of noted Bucks County framers Frederick Harer, Bernard (Ben) Badura and Raymond Vanselous.
Tyler School of Art: Graduate Thesis Exhibition
Philadelphia Art Alliance: Solo Exhibition
Phillips Mill Annual Exhibition 1991, 92 (Honorable Mention)
Coryell Gallery Juried Show 1993, 95, 96 (Prize), 97
Bianco Gallery Group Show 1993, 94, 95, 96 (Prize)
Bianco Gallery 2000- Continuing Bucks County Landscape Tradition
New Hope Arts Commission - “The New Century” Show 1994 (Prize), 95, 96
American Fine Arts Gallery 1995-96, Lambertville, NJ
Coryell Gallery Group Show 1998, Lambertville, NJ
Doylestown Art League Exhibition 1995 (Honorable Mention)
Midlantic Bank Solo Exhibition 1995, 96, New Hope & Lahaska, PA
Durham Gallery Group Exhibition 1994-95, Georgetown, Washington, DC
Broadmoor Gallery Group Exhibition 1994-97
Lambertville Public Library Solo Exhibition “Alluvial Days” 1998
PNC Bank Solo Exhibition 1997, 98, New Hope & Lahaska, PA
Hang Up Gallery Group Exhibition 1997-98, Doylestown, PA
Jim’s Antiques, Lambertville, NJ- Solo Show- 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ - 2002, “Up the River Now”
Salmagundi Art Club, NYC -Group Show 2000
Levernic Antiques, “Lambertville 12”, Lambertville, NJ- Group Show, 2009
PA State Capitol Building: East Rotunda, Harrisburg, PA (Two-Man Show) 2010
Silverman Gallery, Solo Exhibition, "Alluvial Days", 2011
Silverman Gallery, Solo Exhibition, "Alluvial Days, III", 2012
Blue Chips- Jim’s Antiques 2005
New Hope For American Art- Jim’s Antiques
Pfeiffer College, North Carolina, A.A.
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA: BFA - Painting
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA: MFA - Painting