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Barry Arthur

About the Artist

Barry Arthur spends most of his days in his studio doing what he likes best-painting cowboys, western scenes and wildlife or sculpting.

Although Barry had been drawing and painting since the late 1960’s, the decision to move to the professional level did not come quickly or easily. It was not until 1984, after much encouragement from collectors and friends, that Barry made the decision. Two years later, he opened Cedar Break Gallery of Fine Art in Sweetwater that displays his art work and houses his studio.

Barry has participated in numerous invitational art shows in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona including the Western Heritage Classic, Stamford Cowboy Reunion, National Cowboy Symposium, Indian Canyon Ranch, Art of the American West, Gathering of the Best, Ruidoso Art Festival, Western Art Roundup, and the George Phippen Memorial.

He has received major commissions and has been the recipient of various awards including the coveted People’s Choice Award. His paintings and sculptures have captured the hearts of many and are found in collections throughout the United States, as well in private collections in England, Italy, and France. In addition to his own gallery, Barry’s work has been represented by the galleries in Santa Fe, Tulsa, Scottsdale, and Mesilla.

The ability to bring into focus, not only the heart of the subject but the thought and emotions of the artist, is a prevailing characteristic of Barry’s work. Working from a palette of basic colors, he creates scenes as vivid and realistic as the Great Southwest from which they are drawn.

When not researching his next piece of art or drawn away to an invitational show, Barry can usually be found at his Cedar Break Gallery, located on the square in Sweetwater, Texas. Unlike many artists, Barry not only allows the visitor to watch him at work, but he often treats them to the story that initiated the painting.

A quiet thoughtful man, Barry’s love of nature and deep spirituality is the cornerstone that has given him the immense following he enjoys.

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