Dan Barry

To begin, I seek out subject matter that contains some innate beauty – the reflection of a bridge over a river, for example. The composition must focus on, and be limited to the part of that subject that best illustrates the beauty I recognize in it. Light, shade and shadow create the mood: perhaps sharp highlights and deep crisp shadows, or alternatively diffuse, foggy and vague? Finally color is where the piece takes on its own creative mystery and reality. The subject becomes my own as my vision is overlaid, and the rich oil hues react with one another, stroke upon stroke.

The piece may resemble the subject that inspired it, but what I am after is the expression of what I see within the subject, not a photographically accurate portrayal.


  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Lawrence Technological University, 1984
  • Master of Architecture, University of Michigan, 1992
  • Independent Studies at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City, 1988.


  • Joseph Mercy Hospitals
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • PepsiCo Headquarters


  • Fore Street Gallery, Portland, Maine, 1999.
  • Ann Arbor Art Center Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, All Media Juried Exhibition, 2000, 2001.
  • The Community House, Birmingham, Michigan, Our Town Competition, 2000, 2008, 2011, 2014.
  • Muskegon Museum of Art, Century 2, New Glass and Painting Exhibition,
  • Birmingham Temple 29th Annual Art Show, November, 2001
  • Michigan Guild offsite exhibition, 2001
  • Ann Arbor Art Center Offsite Exhibitions, 2001, 2002
  • Gifts of Art, University of Michigan Hospital Exhibition, 2002,2007
  • Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, Annual Juried Exhibition, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2013
  • The Best of the Guild, Annual Juried Exhibition, 2003, Third Prize
  • The River Gallery, continuing exhibitor since 2009
  • Featured artist exhibit, The River Gallery, June, 2010
  • Krasl Art Fair, Best in category, 2013
  • Numerous art fairs including 15 years at South University Art Fair

Please visit www.danieljbarry.com for additional information