Chai Style Art: Abstract, Figurative, Surreal, Versatile
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Chai Style Art: Abstract, Figurative, Surreal, Versatile

Photos by Duane Stork // Joel Barr in his home workshop. From left, “On Our Island We Treasure These,” “First Visit,” and “The Men.” When artist Joel Barr arrived in Atlanta in 1997, he established his studio in his Inman Park loft. Since then, he’s had studios in Cabbagetown, at TULA Art Center in the Peachtree Battle area, and now in Chamblee. He arrived at his art-centered career after years as a teacher, writer, business owner and city planner. “I didn’t pick up a brush until I was 47,” he says, “but became a full-time painter at once and have been painting most days for the past 25 years.” He’s a grandfather now, living in Brookhaven with his wife, Grace Collins Barr, who is a writer, and their dog, Henr. “I paint to discover things I’m usually not looking for and to share what I’ve found,” Barr said. “My work moves quickly and often from one form to another — sometimes abstract, sometimes figurative, and often surreal. There are common elements, though, in that I’m a colorist and will use recurring symbols and shapes. Spheres are particular favorites and have a different meaning from painting to painting.” The striking […]

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