Barry Masteller

Barry Masteller

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States

About Barry Masteller

Barry G. Masteller is an American abstract painter and photographer. His oil paintings are notable for their meticulous use of color and texture, often incorporating a substrate of cut canvas collage and other elements. His imagery ranges from landscape to non-objective abstract utilizing layers of tonal glazes.

Masteller was born April 21, 1945 in Los Angeles California growing up in the Silver Place Lake district. His paintings are in the public collections of The Palace of The Legion of Honor, Achenbach Collection. San Jose Museum of Art, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, The Palm Springs Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, the Triton Museum of Art and the Monterey Museum of Art. He began painting as a teen and is mostly self-taught. During the 1960s his work was figure based and focused on portraits and abstracted landscapes. During the 1970s he moved toward a more surreal style in the manner of Rene Magritte and the Italian abstract artist Alberto Burri who influenced his use of cut and found fabrics often hand stitched to the canvas surface. In the 1980s he incorporated elements of architecture - pillars, cracked walls, arches and for a brief period illusionism. During the 1990s he returned to abstraction in a continuing series titled “Natural Occurrence” which began as impressions of the movement of water as seen in the reflections of sun and sky on the bay in Monterey California.

Masteller has had a deep interest in photography, especially after locating to the Monterey Peninsula from Los Angeles in 1970. His photographs are centered around landscape and the figure, often reworked in post production into abstractions that have an otherworldly look.

He said this about his photo work:

“As a painter - when I pick up a camera it becomes a drawing tool. Night photography has so many things about it that fit my aesthetic - a way to truly capture light and movement. Since the light is limited at that time of day and I'm using a hand held camera I can't expect to get a “picture.” What I get instead is an image of long exposure red, white, yellow and green light line tracings; from street lights, signals, car and porch lights - the reseeding and approaching sunlight for it's beautiful blues and violets and any other accidental light source that finds it's way onto the sensor of my camera”.



Born: Silver Lake District, Los Angeles, California.


Instagram. @barry_masteller

Solo Exhibitions:
2017 Paul Mahder Gallery, Natural Occurrence. Healdsburg, CA
2015 Triton Museum of Art.“Bridges and Echoes” Santa Clara, CA
2013 Hartnell College Art Gallery, “Along The Way” Salinas, CA
2011 Patricia Rovzar Gallery, "Oil on Canvas" Seattle, WA
2010 U.S Embassy, Kathmandu, Napal
2009 Elenor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University," Boulevards"
Roanoak, VA
2008 Patricia Rovzar Gallery, "Recent Paintings", Seattle, WA
2007 The Grace Museum, "Earth + Sky", Abilene, TX
2007 Caldwell / Snyder Gallery, Recent Paintings, Saint Helena, CA
2007 Caldwell / Snyder Gallery, "Recent Paintings", San Francisco, CA
2007 Trajan Gallery, "Recent Paintings" Carmel, CA
2007 Wiregrass Museum of Art, "Imagined Journey's", Dothan, AL
2007 Dubuque Museum of Art, 'Cityscapes' Dubuque, IA
2006 Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
2006 Campton Gallery, "New Work" New York, NY
2006 Trajan Gallery, "Recent Paintings" Carmel, CA
2006 Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey Now, Monterey CA,
2006 Museum of the Southwest, "Mythical Landscapes", Midland, TX
2005 Campton Gallery, Recent Paintings, New York, NY
2005 Anderson Fine Art Center, "Boulevards", Anderson, IN
2004 Caldwell / Snyder Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Trajan Gallery, Carmel, CA
2003 Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2002 Caldwell / Snyder Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Caldwell/Snyder Gallery, San Francisco,CA
2001 Caldwell/Snyder Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2000 Caldwell/Snyder Gallery, San Francisco,CA
1999 Nelson/Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland,WA
1998 Robert Aichele Gallery, Menlo Park, CA
1997 Tamara Bane Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
1997 Emmie Smock Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1996 Lisa Parker Fine Art, New York, NY
1995 Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
1994 Shaklee Corp Gallery, San Francisco,CA
1993 Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA
1993 Bank of America World Headquarters Gallery,
San Francisco, CA
1990 Claypoole-Freese Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
1989 Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA
1989 Shaklee Corp Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1986 PDA Gallery, Carmel, CA
1985 Site 311 Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
1984 Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1984 Maple Gallery, San Diego, CA
1983 Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
1983 Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA
1982 San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
1981 Maple Gallery, San Diego, CA
1981 Rubicon Gallery, Los Altos, CA
1981 Collectors Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA
1979 Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA
1978 Will Stone Collection, San Francisco,CA
1977 Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA
1975 Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
1968 Jabberwock Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1967 La Cienega Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1967 Playhouse Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions:
2012/2013/2015/2017 Art Auction and Exhibition. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
2011 Classic Art Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2009 “Within the Dialogue” with: Ursula O'Farrell. Chris Winfield, Tom Burns, Claypoole Freese Gallery, Carmel, CA
2009 “Made in Monterey” Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
2008 “Parallel Lines” Works on Paper, Hartnell College Gallery, Salinas, CA 2007/2006 Annual Group Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007/2006/2005/2004/2003/2002/2001/2000/1999 Annual Group Exhibitio Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Kirkland, WA.
2007 "Thick Paint / Thin Paint" Hartnell College Gallery, Salinas, CA
2006 "Monterey Collects" Monterey Museum of Art
2004 "Masters of the Sea" Five Centuries of Marine Painting.
Hartnell College Gallery Salinas, CA
2004 Art Chicago, Chicago, Ill
2004 San Francisco International Art Exposition, San Francisco, CA
2003 Caldwell / Snyder Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition
2003 Monterey Museum of Art, Annual Juried Show,
Juror: Scott Shields. First Award in Painting.
2003 Six Centuries of Portraits, Part 2. Hartnell College, Salinas, CA