Chuck Barr Abstract Portrait Oil Painting, Late 20th Century
Charles “Chuck” Barr (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 1929-2019)
Untitled (abstract portrait), late 20th century
Oil painting on board
Signed on the verso
Aside from being an artist, Chuck Barr was a jazz flutist and saxophone player, who had been creating art since the 1960s. He is especially known for his multi-media sculptures made from found objects. Regarded by the Post-Gazette as Pittsburgh’s “rambling minstrel” for his jazz performances, he also taught art at Penn Circle Alternative High School and Point Park Children’s School. Barr recently passed away in Pittsburgh on August 11, 2019, after a successful bypass heart surgery. Only recently has his work been viewed by the larger public; March of 2018 was his first gallery show held at the Irma Freeman Center of Imagination in Pittsburgh. Fitting to Barr’s personality and legacy, the last painting he sold at this show was titled Go Baby You’re Free.
- warping of the board; significant paint chipping and scratches throughout the composition; dust and residue along the surface.