Richard Barone - Fine Artist

Richard Barone

Melbourne, FL - United States








Richard Barone

Melbourne, FL - United States

Richard Barone - Fine Artist

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February 27th, 2010







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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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Seascape Art Exhibition 2012

Melbourne, FL - January 3rd, 2012

Online Gallery "Light, Space, and Time" features a January 2012 art exhibition called Seascapes in which Richard Barone's oil painting "Rounding the Mark" received special recognition, despite heavy competition from many traditional watercolors. The first-place painting exemplified the true meaning of the word watercolor. Transparent kitsch! My painting "My Father's Ashes" (shown here) wasn't even recognized, while "Rounding the Mark" placed 4th of 90, which means the gallery operates on an "elegance first" prejudice. Anything thought provoking is buried at sea.