BIO

Stephen Barnwell's prints have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe, including the Palais de Tokyo Contemporary Art Museum in Paris, the Lahti Art Museum in Finland, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in California, and the Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York City. Barnwell's prints are in private collections in all fifty US states as well as in fifty-one countries around the globe. His prints are in the permanent collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles and the Lake Eustis Art Museum in Florida.

STATEMENT

Ikons are symbols, images that point to things greater than themselves. They are signposts guiding the viewer on a journey of discovery. Invitations to contemplation, Ikons employ symbols that frequently have many meanings and may be interpreted in in a variety of ways. Symbols are strong by themselves, but are even more powerful in association with others. True Ikons are a collection of symbols, each speaking with its own voice, that harmonize into a chorus of meaning, providing a rich visual, spiritual, and intellectual landscape for the viewer to explore.

Throughout my life, my artwork has always involved the use of symbols. Whatever the medium, photography, drawing, filmmaking, or printmaking, I have always tried to imbue my work with higher levels of meaning through the use of symbolism. Not content with simple aesthetic beauty, I enjoy wrestling with higher intellectual, spiritual, or political concepts. I believe that Ikons are a culmination of trends in my work that have been evolving for the past thirty years.