My love for abstract painting goes back to before I began painting as a teenager; my earliest exposure was from a Life Magazine article on Pollack's paintings that left me spellbound; I was about ten years old. Later I had frequent visits to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to view the work of Modernists, Fauvists and regional painters. My first paintings and drawings were of abstracted landscapes, figures that often incorporated architecture. Painting for me has always been about how to approach and develop these things I was seeing into the conceptual and intuitive; moving between and around them or building upon a thesis.

The recent works are a synthesis, a bringing together of line, form and color to create a landscape / architectural hybrid that moves in and out of landscape. Often linear or intuitive but focused on the same conceptual foundation. Painted spontaneously I build my compositions from memory or earlier drawings and sketches, incorporating mathematical shapes and forms, the triangle, square, circle and forms built around those basics; components of architecture and habitat. I enjoy interacting with the surface of the work with scraping, carving out line and working with knife, brush and fingers, all tools that bring me to a place that feels correct, complete and most important an excitement of the senses.

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Masteller is a conceptual painter: he unites fragments of the urban environment--carefully chosen from a repertoire of photographs--to create a kind of picture puzzle, that is, a representation that conveys the unreal look of every convincing representation even as it precisely realizes reality. The empirical is subsumed in the enigmatic, making for a sense of uncanny truthfulness, however factually bizarre the picture finally seems.


Donald Kuspit. American Art Critic and Poet.


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While distinctly contemporary, Masteller's canvases betray the influence of those early pioneers who recognized placeStateCalifornia's singular fusion of land and light as fruitful ground for a more meditative approach.

For Barry Masteller as well as for his historical predecessors, the landscape serves as a conduit to unknown worlds and hidden dimensions.

Masteller's works remind that paintings not only represent but also exist as physical landscapes. They reflect a keen understanding of paintings as three-dimensional terrains, formed by sedimented layers of pigment, binder and varnish, and built up, like geological formations, over the course of time.

Marcelle Polednik. Director / Curator Milwaukee Museum of Art.


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  PAINTINGS











A selection of current 6 x 6 inch. (15.24 x 15.24 cm) mixed media paintings on canvas.

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Story Board.   50 x 40 in. acrylic on canvas. 2021




















Suspended Moments.  30 x 30 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Positive Space.  30 x 30 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Connected Segments.  36 x 24 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Stationary Waves.  36 x 40 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022



















Highway 12-2.   24 x 37 in. acrylic on panel. 2021




















Time Lines.   48 x 48 in. acrylic on canvas. 2019




















Body Language.   60 x 54 in. acrylic on canvas. 2018 / 2021




















Second Nature.  30 x 30 in. mixed media on canvas. 2021



















Articulation.  30 x 30 in. mixed media on canvas. 2021



















Highway 12.   24 x 37 in. acrylic on panel. 2021




















Journey Home.  66 x 54 in. acrylic on canvas. 2019



















Alluvium.  66 x 54 in. acrylic on canvas. 2019



















Chance and Circumstance.  66 x 66 in. acrylic on canvas 2018



















Together.  66 x 54 in. acrylic on canvas. 2021




















What is Left is What Remains.  30 x 26.5 in.  oil and acrylic on birch panel. 2019




















Requiem.  54 x 48 in.  acrylic on canvas 2018


















Red Line.   54 x 48 in. acrylic on canvas. 2018 / 2021




















Between a Mesa and a Sand Dune.  66 x 66 in. acrylic on canvas 2018



















Azur Passage.  66 x 54 in. acrylic and graphite on canvas. 2021




















Reflections.   54 x 48 in. acrylic on canvas. 2021




















Elements.  54 x 48 in. acrylic on canvas 2018




















Close To Home.  30 x 26.5 in. oil and acrylic on birch panel. 2019




















Stone Water Air.  30 x 26.5 in.  oil and acrylic on birch panel. 2019





















Any Moment Now.  36 x 24 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Everything is Important.  30 x 30 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Green Line.  66 x 54 in. acrylic on canvas. 2019




















Rift Valley Two.   54 x 30 in. acrylic on panel. 2021



















Lavender.  54 x 48 in. acrylic on canvas. 2019




















More Than Whats Left.  66 x 54 in. acrylic on canvas. 2019



















Convergence.  54 x 48 in. acrylic on canvas. 2019




















On a Clear Day.   48 x 48 in. acrylic on canvas. 2019




















Night Shift.  66 x 54 in. acrylic on canvas. 2019




















Pleiades.  48 x 48 in. acrylic on canvas. 2019




















Tucked Away.   50 x 40 in. acrylic on canvas. 2021




















Sequential Navigation.   54 x 48 in. acrylic on canvas. 2021




















Highground Elegies.  36 x 40 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Moon Stories.   40 x 36 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Gateway.  36 x 24 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Balancing Act.  30 x 30 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022



















Moon Stories.   40 x 36 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Connectivity.  36 x 24 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022



















Terms And Conditions.  36 x 24 in. mixed media on linen. 2022

















Nowhere To Go But Up.  36 x 24 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Virtual Exhibition of Recent Work.

TIME LINES
















Rift Valley One.   54 x 30 in. acrylic on panel. 2021





















Waves of Reason and Delight..  30 x 20 in. acrylic on canvas. 2021



















Zero Gravity.  14 x 14 in. acrylic on panel. 2021




















Run Skip Jump.  14 x 14 in. acrylic on panel. 2021



















Culmination.  30 x 30 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Elevation.  48 x 54 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022



















Free Space.  48 x 54 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Skyrocket.  36 x 60 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022



















For The Moment.  36 x 40 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Turn Around.  48 x 54 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















Blue and Gold.  48 x 54 in. mixed media on canvas. 2022




















From a Distance.   60 x 58 in. acrylic on canvas. 2021




















OK.   19.5 x 17.5 x 1 in.  mixed media on aluminum. 2020



















 


Counter Measures.   19.5 x 17.5 x 1 in.  mixed media on aluminum. 2020



















 


Still Navigation.   19.5 x 17.5 x 1 in.  mixed media on aluminum. 2020



















 


Minute by Minute.   19.5 x 17.5 x 1 in.  mixed media on aluminum. 2020

















Time Lines. Barry Masteller Paintings 2021

Time Lines. Barry Masteller Paintings 2021

A selection of paintings by artist Barry Masteller

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