Joseph Barrett

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.


October 9 - November 9, 2014: "Pennsylvania Impressionism, Then and Now" - The Silverman Gallery at Moravian College's beautiful Payne Gallery in Bethlehem, PA. A group exhibition featuring the Payne's fine collection of early Pennsylvania Impressionist art and selected works by seven of the finest artists working today in the tradition of the New Hope School.


Pfeiffer College, North Carolina, A.A.
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA: BFA - Painting
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA: MFA - Painting

Jennifer Hansen Rolli
Joseph Barrett
Jean Childs Buzgo
John Kane
Desmond McRory
Anita Shrager
David Stier
Christopher Willet