Beverly Barris is a versatile artist and is widely recognized as not only an outstanding contemporary artist, but also as an accomplished sculptor who has secured her a place in Who’s Who of American Women. Beverly paints thoughts and feeling, not literal translations of objects.
A native of New York, she presently lives in Woodland Hills, CA and has been an artist all her life. When she was eight years old her parents took her to the Guggenheim Museum in New York and she instantly new that she would be an artist when she grew up. Having a number of creative people in her family and a passion for art, she naturally excelled receiving numerous awards at a very early age. In junior high school and high school she received the highest awards for Art Excellence. Beverly continued to receive awards at the New York Greenwich Village Art Show at the early age of seventeen. She has received awards from the prestigous Pen and Brush Society in New York, two awards from the prestigous Art Students League in New York and has been written about in The Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times as well as had televisions interviews. Beverly Barris has just received First Place in the New York Times Art Show.
Beverly graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York, studied at The School of Visual Arts and The Art Students League. She credits her mentor Vincent Capraro, who also taught Anthony Quinn to paint as well as other famous actors, with the invaluable knowledge he imparted about the old world master secret techniques in painting and drawing. She has also studied with Daniel Greene and Albert Handell among the many well-known artists from The Art Students League.
Her professional art career over the last 35 years has encompassed a unique and diversified spectrum of being art director for Conde Nast Publications; Brides Magazine and House and Garden, creative product director for Viewmaster-Ideal Toy Co, Tyco Playtime, and Avon as well as creating and inventing products and artwork for houseware, giftware, clothing, jewelry, toy, novelty, greeting cards and doll products for these major manufacturers. She has illustrated children’s magazines and numerous publications. Her partial client list includes: McDonalds, Walt Disney, Sesame Street, Recycled Paper Co., Shiseido, Ciba-Geigy, Coca Cola, and Mattel. She also teaches painting and drawing classes
All her professional life she has painted and sculpted while being in the corporate world, but in 1998 she began doing commissioned wall installations, paintings and sculpture fulltime. She has shown at prestigous museums and galleries in New York, New Jersey and Florida such as the Cork Gallery in Lincoln Center,NY, Bergen Museum of Arts and Sciences in NJ, and the Deland Museum in Florida. She presently is represented by Redmatter Gallery in Laguna Beach
My purpose is to touch and connect with the human soul through my art. When I feel a rapport and harmony during the physical act of creating, I become one with the work. At this point, I know the truth is being expressed through my heart and soul. My art creates itself through me.
By surrendering to the process, powerful visions unfold which then can be expressed through paint and sculptural mixed media. My work has been a developmental an experimental process since childhood combining many exciting techniques. Gravitating towards artists such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Dali, Turner, Mary Frank and Rodin, I have assimilated these masterful qualities into my own statement. This is my purpose and contribution.