Richard Barone - Fine Artist

Richard Barone

Melbourne, FL - United States








Richard Barone

Melbourne, FL - United States

Richard Barone - Fine Artist

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About Richard Barone

I was a great artist in the fifth grade, at least that’s what my fellow classmates and art teacher thought. My parents thought differently, however, and transferred me to a Catholic school, and that was the end of my art career. By the time I got to college, I was convinced that the intellectual search for truth was far superior to the aesthetic. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and hadn’t taken one course in art. None were offered, even though the college professed the 'liberal arts.'

In a sense, I was on the same course as Robert Motherwell (philosopher to artist), but for me the end came in the jungles of Vietnam. Philosophy and everything that I had learned—all the teachers, priests, and professors—had deserted me. Except art, which was always there waiting to be explored. So, now, I’m starting over, painting with abandon, without a restrictive style, and with the mentality of a ten-year-old.

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For a great book about an artist's struggle to survive in the Vietnam War, see “Traces of a Lost War,” 2009, Canto 34 Press, available on,, etc.

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Alien in Disguise?

January 8th, 2015

A recent History Channel program titled Ancient Aliens suggested the Roman Catholic Church was hiding evidence in the Vatican archives that proves the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima was not heaven-sent but a visitation of aliens from... 

Smile in Portrait Painting

August 26th, 2013

John Sanden claims that “a broad smile is almost always wrong in a portrait.” He gives three reasons. First, practicality. Painting from life rather than a photograph is the preferred method of professional portraiture, and it is too cumbersome for t... 

FAA Contests

May 28th, 2013

Recently, an FAA artist from Italy won the "Mysterious Venice" contest with a painting that was nothing more than a copy of a photograph widely available on the Internet. The artist's only saving grace was that the photo was in the public domain. The... 

At first this portrait looks ugly and amateurish. When you realize its size, however, you get the distinct impression that it is a very intentional work of art. One naturally asks, where is the rest of it? Only 6" x 9"? Where is her throne, her diam... 

Life of Pi

May 23rd, 2013

Hooray for its visual imagery, not its storyline. It’s typical of movie makers these days. If the plot stinks, wow them with visuals. I detected a certain cynicism toward Indians in this movie. I haven’t read the book, but if the movie follows it... 

Splash Fishing

February 14th, 2013

AnnaJo Vahle’s painting, Splash Fishing, is a “cool capture,” even though it is not a photograph. The capturing is left to the heron, which does with its head what humans do with fancy fishing tackle. It dives headfirst into the water and goes beneat... 

This portrait is not as subtle as the Mona Lisa, but is better than most people think. It contrasts the eyes (mental) and mouth (physical) realistically and seductively, but this makes it look overstated and not British. Great art is not as explicit ... 

Vote for Me

November 3rd, 2012

Art is a product of a world view. The same can be said of art appreciation. As the world changes, so does our view of the world. Art contests are a good example of this. Vote For Me was a recent FAA art contest that contained portraits which provoked... 

"Once you vote black, you never go back." So says a 2012 Democrat campaign button. But does this mean you won't go back to white, or back to black? Whichever it may be, the slogan suggests that one should vote for the candidate who will provide the m... 

In a film titled “Richard T. Scott—Painted Philosophy,” (YouTube) Scott refers to Socrates’ Allegory of the Cave as the inspiration for this artwork. Actually, the allegory was written by Plato in Book VII of The Republic and Socrates was the imagina... 

When “Last Dim Sum in Singapore” won entry in the 2010 All Florida Competition and Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art, I was completely surprised because it depicted a city halfway around the world, as far away from Florida as you could get without... 

Artist Statements

July 12th, 2012

Artist statements often amuse me, especially those written with philosophical jargon. They might impress art dealers and dilettantes, but not philosophers and art historians. Deenesh Ghyczy’s intention, for example, “is to depict figures that stand b... 

Philosopher and self-taught artist Georges Mathieu lived inside his art, splashed and texted color onto canvas, not on the floor, living the battle inside his art, straight up, not bent over like a drunk. His art was the text and he the context. Dec... 

Would the Twin Towers still be standing if federal air marshals were flying on September 11, 2001? Get Lost in the Blue Room and find out.  

The New Adam

June 18th, 2012

Harold Stevenson painted Sal Mineo as The New Adam in 1962. It is considered by many art critics to be the “great American nude,” even though it was born in Paris. I consider it to be the great American dinosaur. Sal Mineo was only 24 and already ... 

John Howard Sanden, who painted the official portrait of George W. Bush, was hardly mentioned in news coverage of the unveiling at the White House. President Obama hosted the event, and it was primarily a media show to see how the two presidents woul... 

GOTV Get out the Vote

June 8th, 2012

Fine Art America’s voting statistics appear to be great indicators of personal preferences in art. With over sixty new contests each week, themes run from the traditional (surrealism) to the ridiculous (dodo paintings). Could the voting results actua... 

Betty by Gerhard Richter

June 8th, 2012

Why does this painting appeal when it defies the traditional rule of composition not to center prominent objects? Portrait artists normally center one eye along the vertical axis in order to add "life" and latent movement to the subject. But here, Be... 

Art Gallery Co-ops

June 8th, 2012

Have you noticed that they always set up in large, up-scale malls, where space is at a premium; and they hang paintings all over the walls from floor to ceiling? Don't they know that art lovers will travel many miles to see original artworks? For exa... 

Though selected to show at a major art museum in the U.S., Last Dim Sum in Singapore didn't even place in the top 120 works entered in Light, Space & Time CityScapes Art Competition, Feb 2012. It seems ironic that this exhibition gives numbered place... 

“Guns Stand Your Ground” contest winner is Tommy Anderson’s photo Model 1911-A1 with six votes. Six other photos of guns came in second with 3 votes each. Model 1911-A1 depicts a Colt 45 superimposed on a U.S. flag and draped with military dog tags. ... 

Some artists create in order to hear people say, "How did you do that?" They are in league with pastry chefs. Other artists create to hear people say, "How did you come up with that idea?" They are in league with philosophers. 

Artists Rights

June 8th, 2012

Recently, FAA sold a print, which looked just like Picasso's "The Old Guitarist." I asked the artist if she had permission to paint and sell the famous artwork, and she said, "I was told that when an artist dies and you do not claim the painting as h... 

Pablo Picasso painted this portrait of his mistress-muse (musestress), seventeen-year-old Marie-Therese Walter in 1935. She is a "jeune fille endormie," a young girl sleeping, supposedly after being loved by him. Or was it before? Can we tell by the ... 

Merleau-Ponty says that the “prosaic line” reappears in Matisse but it is not a problem because the colors dominate. I suggest that Matisse outlined his objects in black because he wanted to demystify their “objectness” as mysteriously present on a f... 

My First Best of Show

June 8th, 2012

"August 9, 2008" won Best of Show in the Central Brevard Annual Show, November 2011, Heritage Isles, Viera, Florida. I didn't expect to win, because artworks with "meaning" are usually thought of as politically motivated, too subjective, or exploitiv... 

The annual Nude Nite Art Show in Orlando is not very selective. Almost anyone can get invited, since there is plenty of space and artworks run the gamut from pure kitsch to meaningful art. A vast majority of the works are photographic and these sell ... 

Fine Art American Kitsch

June 8th, 2012

The Czech writer Milan Kundera, in his book The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), wrote that kitsch functions by excluding from view everything that humans find difficult with which to come to terms, offering instead a sanitized view of the world... 

The True Portrait

June 8th, 2012

THE TRUE PORTRAIT A portrait can be either the work of a skilled artisan or the pinnacle of artistic expression. It ranges in value from a few dollars for a carnival sketch to countless millions for the work of a Great Master. Few artists ever mas... 

Online Gallery "Light, Space, and Time" features a January 2012 art exhibition called Seascapes in which my oil painting "Rounding the Mark" received special recognition, despite heavy competition from many traditional watercolors. The first-place pa...