Thursday, September 17, 2009

7 Minutes in Heaven with Patrick-Earl Barnes

Patrick-Earl Barnes began making art in 1989. He says he is a "self-taught artist who spent 25 years of my life preparing for the American dream and the next 17 years redefining it." Working with acrylic, oil pastels, and collage, he creates works that show the character of America. Whether he's painting kids selling candy, artsy friends, or benchwarmers he portrays them with a little bit of humor and a lot of warmth.

His Poor Man's Bible collection show life in storefront churches. They most often depict a pastor at the pulpit with a few members of the congregation around him. A cheeky Bible verse -- such as "Building Fun from the Building Fund -- Acts 5" -- appears on the left of the paintings. Sometimes, though, they show stoic-looking ushers or doorkeepers.

[image via Patrick-Earl Barnes]

Asphalt Eden: Who would you want to be stranded on a deserted island with?
Patrick-Earl Barnes: My Soul Mate

Asphalt Eden: What book are you currently reading?
Patrick-Earl Barnes: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey

Asphalt Eden: What is your favorite time of day?
Patrick-Earl Barnes: Early Morning like 3am

Asphalt Eden: Where in New York is the closest place to your own personal Garden of Eden?
Patrick-Earl Barnes: My studio

Asphalt Eden: What's on repeat on your iPod?
Patrick-Earl Barnes: "I Say A Little Prayer" by Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Asphalt Eden: If you could ask God one question, what would it be?
Patrick-Earl Barnes: Nothing, God has already answered every question that He is willing to answer. All other answers I will find out for myself.

Asphalt Eden: What message do you want people to take away from your art?
Patrick-Earl Barnes: Art is how you think

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