Animal Art by
Barry Levin, Weston CT
“I paint until my subjects come alive and leave the canvas. Then I start another one.
Perhaps on a warm day you might see a butterfly that used to be my painting.”
Barry Levin has been around animals all his life. Since a very young age he has been breeding and caring for many types of animals.
He received a BA in “biology and art for medical illustration” from Hartwick College.
Barry drifted away from his art and became involved in the printing field. He recently returned to painting highly detailed wildlife and animals. The colors are vibrant and alive. His style developed into what Barry calls “hyper-realistic.”
The actual painting is only part of the story. Many possible subjects are carefully researched for accuracy. Barry does extensive photography and has assembled a vast collection of photographic references. Only a small percentage ends up as painting subjects. Multiple references are utilized to create paintings that go far beyond what the camera can capture
Barry’s pieces are often large and colorful. He paints in acrylic on canvas, and also makes limited edition canvas prints of each subject.
He is also working on smaller paintings on clayboard. Barry has developed new techniques to preserve all the detail of huge paintings in these smaller works.
Solo shows include: Atria Darien, Bridgeport Discovery Museum, Westport Library, Brendan’s 101, Earthplace, Richter House, Greenwich Audubon Center, New Canaan Nature Center, Webster Bank, Max’s, Hartwick College
Excellence awards include Richter Art Association, Housatonic Valley Cultural Alliance. Awarded peoples choice at the Easton Arts Council.
Pieces have appeared at the Simie Maryles Gallery, Geary Gallery, Rockwell Gallery, Southport Gallery, River Road Gallery, Easton Arts Council, Kent Art Association, Westport Art Center, Federal Duck Stamp Competition, and even as jigsaw puzzles
The pinnacle pieces in Barry’s collection are his peacock paintings. Each requires precise planning to build the painting in many layers. Real peacocks have metallic feathers that shimmer and flash with every movement. Barry currently creates his own custom metallic colors to duplicate this. Metallic paints cannot be accurately photographed, so they are more impressive in person than on this website. Painting each peacock typically takes about 200 hours and any collection of Barry’s best work should include one.
Here are some galleries where you can see Barry’s work: