The Americas

Barnaby Furnas

Born 1973, USA

Barnaby Furnas originally from Philadelphia now lives and works in New York. Furnas completed his MFA at Columbia University, New York in 2000, and BFA at the School of Visual Arts, New York in 1995. Barnaby Furnas has staged solo museum exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USA (2009); the Museum of Modern Art Forth Worth, Dallas, USA (2007); and Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2005).  His work has been included in group exhibitions The Old, Weird America, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston (2008); True Romance: Allegories of Love from the Renaissance to the Present, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2007); Dream & Trauma: Works from the Dakis Joannou collection, Athens, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria (2007); Imagination Becomes Reality, Museum of Contemporary Art at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007); Art in America: Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China (2007); USA Today, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2006); The Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (2004); War (What Is It Good For?), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA (2003).

Over the course of the last decade, Barnaby Furnas’ works on paper and paintings have become embroiled in explosive and spectacular imagery, tapped from the giddy sensations of gloried depictions of violence throughout American history and contemporary culture. His subjects draw on latent and fully expressed aggression in scenes of war, rock concerts, and portraits of martyrs and military personages. What Furnas’ paintings unerringly communicate is an immediate sense of dynamic energy, forcefully professing their subject matter and rendering action as an image both in and of the act of painting.


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