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Barry Parker

3005 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130, U.S.A.
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Phone: (215) 232-4126     Fax: (215) 232-2572

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My sculptures are constructed of hammered and formed bronze sheet which are then welded together to form the finished work. To this end, the process makes a very important contribution to the total visual result. The acts of heating, hammering and welding create a surface that appears aged and stressed. I allow the welds to remain visible because they can be read almost like scars, which in a sense, they are; places where the metal has healed together. These elements can have a psychological counterpart which I feel adds to the pathos of the form.

In a review in the Summer 1998 issue of Art News Gerard Haggerty wrote, " Like a half-remembered dream or a word on the tip of your tongue Barry Parker's welded bronze sculptures project a sense of something that is almost recognizable...Parker delights in defying gravity...This state of precarious balance is the perfect counterpoint for meanings that are implied but never quite certain".

In making sculpture I try to combine physical, psychological and emotional elements of real experience to communicate a feeling or attitude about that experience. Many of the forms I construct have their basis in the physical world but because the work is about my feeling toward those forms more than the forms themselves, they are distorted and transformed. They are not meant to recognized and named, but to be felt and intuitively experienced.

Travel has provided source and inspiration for many of my works. Most recently they draw on stone markers of Japan that have so much strength and pathos in their simplicity, and on a particular image of a crow with a ring in its beak, used by Prince Mathias, the Hungarian Renaissance prince as his personal symbol. In looking deeper than the charming folk tales about the reason for this particular symbol, I find it to be one that is heavy with meaning in relation to love, commitment and relationships, and have infused some of my works with forms derived from it.


  • 1942 Cass City, Michigan


  • 1967 M.F.A., The University of Massachusetts, Amherst , MA.
  • 1964 B.A.E., Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.


  • 1999 PNI Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 1999 Ratz Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1998 Kouros Gallery, New York, N.Y.
  • 1997 Ratz Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1997 St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 1997 Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.
  • 1996 Ratz Gallery, Budapest, Hungary


  • 2000 V.A.M. Gallery, Budapest
  • 2000 Philadelphia International Airport
  • 2000 Reading Terminal Headhouse
  • 2000 Woodmere Art Museum
  • 1999 "Old World/New World - Common Ground", Budapest Gallery, Hungary
  • 1999 New Arts Salon Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 1999 Civic Center, Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1998 "Essence of Water" Kyoto, Japan
  • 1998 "Gardens of Pleasure" Budapest, Hungary
  • 1998 "Artists Select Artists" Century Club, New York, N.Y.
  • 1998 "Idols and Fetishes" Budapest, Hungary


  • 2000 Venture Fund Grant, Melon Foundation & The University of the Arts
  • 2000 Steel Symposium, Dunaferr, Dunaujvaros, Hungary
  • 1996 Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship to Budapest, Hungary
  • 1996 Venture Fund Grant


  • 1980 To present. Chair and Coordinator of the Sculpture Department, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA


  • Visiting Critic, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. for the years 1984, 85, 97, 98, and 1999.
  • Member of the Fine Arts Committee of the Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia, 1997 to present.
  • Contributing writer for Sculpture Magazine
  • Curated and organized exchange exhibitions with the Hungarian Sculpture Association, 1999 and 2001.
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the International Sculpture Center, 1991 to present.


  • International Sculpture Center.
  • International Affiliate Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.
  • Magyar Szobrasz Tarsasag (Hungarian Sculpture Association)
  • Philadelphia Sculptors.


  • 2000 Acolszobrisz, Dunaferr ART, Dunaujvaros, Hungary
  • 1999 Art Matters, Feature article in the Spring issue. Judith Barber Osborne
  • 1998 Art News, (review) Summer issue.
  • 1997 UjMuveset Magazine, Budapest, Wehner Tibor