“James Barkley is one of America’s leading artists” as stated in Readers Digest The World’s Best Reading Classic Editions and other various publications.
Many say that his art captures The Essence of the images that he paints. The art combines a sense of power and sensitivity while maintaining his unique point of view. His phenomenal control of watercolor and mixed media has resulted in his peers honoring him with numerous Gold Medals, Awards of Excellence and Accolades.
Barkley’s talents are so varied that he has received commissions in every area of the art field. From the Entertainment Arts, Licensing Art Images and Products, Children’s Books, Advertising Campaigns, Book Cover Illustrations, to Portraits of Famous Hollywood Legends.
His work spans the gamut from the Book Classics of Pearl S. Buck to Stephen King. Artwork for Giacomo Puccini’s Operas La Boheme, The Merry Widow, Madame Butterfly, Jazz and Classic Rock n Roll for The British Rock Symphony Tribute to: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Flyod and Ute Lemper. His work has also been featured in the major exhibition at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge Massachusetts.
He was chosen and is presently exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Barkley has been selected as the artist who portrays best, the magic and majesty of “The American Scene” with his portrayal of the National Parks Centennial; Mt McKinley, Alaska’s Postage Stamp, which can be viewed on the web site of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
Passionate about the environment, James Barkley has been commissioned by National Geographic, The United Nations, The U.S. Department of the Interior, The National Parks Service and the U.S. Postal Service. He has recently completed a series of paintings depicting the beauty of the Westchester Landscape in which one series is titled, “The Manor”. Our lives depend on preserving our environment and the character of the land on which we live. Westchester homes are rapidly being enlarged and oversized. Our natural landscapes are being pecked away by a new generation. The elegant and lovely countryside is quickly vanishing before our eyes. Barkley felt an urgency to capture and preserve the disappearing beauty of Westchester’s Final Frontier. These paintings will soon be limited edition prints and on view in galleries across the country. The art will mark in time; a tiny hamlet called, “The Manor.” He is also and avid believer in keeping, at all costs, our public and private school Art Programs. It is essential that our children, in early developmental years, be taught and exposed to the arts, which will help to enrich and shape their character in later life.
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