For over three decades, stone sculpture has been T Barny’s passion. Abstraction is his fascination and power tools are his forte. T Barny creates beautiful seashell-like forms that speak to you visually and make you feel good when you touch them. Available as garden sculptures or for your home art collection.
The T Barny studio is located in beautiful Alexander Valley in the Sonoma County Wine Country of California. It’s where the stone dust flies and fine sculpture emerges. Take your own studio tour by clicking on the videos available on the Gallery and Studio pages. Check out the News page for current shows, studio happenings, and gallery openings.
A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, T Barny takes his exploration of shape and form to a new level of science and design. By using ancient carving techniques in union with modern power tools he creates visually stunning Mobius, Curvilinear and Superellipsoid Designs in bronze, wood, water, steel and stone. From 1 foot high table top sculptures to 12 foot tall corporate monoliths, he releases the inherent forms he sees in these diverse materials.
In his 35 year career he has taught stone carving in California, Kansas, Washington, and New Mexico. He has been an artist-in-residence in Carrara, Italy; Tinos, Greece; Woodstock, New York, and Garden City, Texas. He has shown in 90 different galleries, and he has participated in over 400 group and individual exhibitions. Art collectors note him as a wise investment and his pieces hold prestigious placement in collections internationally. T Barny has over 800 collectors in 20 countries.
“In New York we had “Dalliance” hanging from the ceiling on a fishing line like a Calder mobile. It was greatly admired. As to “Effleurage”, it stands elegantly in our living room in San Francisco admired by all. I love to turn it on its stand so as to get different perspectives I bought it as a surprise for Monica who had seen it, wanted it, and was distraught when you told her (at my request) that it had been sold out from under her. For that reason alone she was thrilled when she received it and has particularly loved it ever since.”PETE & MONICA
“Just wanted to email you to say that we are the proud owner of this piece of yours…In my stressful moments at the office, I find a sense of peace and tranquility in “DAUPHIN”. As a trusts and estates lawyer, I thought ‘Heir’ was an ideal acquisition.”PAUL
“After seeing T Barny’s work over the last 25 years, I knew he would create something fabulous for our remodeled home. At the beginning of the project, he came down and got to know the surroundings, and went home and found just the right stone, and then let the block tell him what it needed to be happy in its new home. “Mistral” is perfect for its perch above the Pacific Ocean. It complements the cactus that is growing nearby – We love to look at it and through it at sunset over the ocean. It is on a swivel so we rotate it every few days, then people on the beach can get a different view of it. People love the natural coloring of the Utah Rhyolite – it almost looks like the psychedelic patterns were created on a computer, but they are totally natural.”PAUL & JULIE
Relationships with collectors have been an important aspect of T Barny’s success. Bert and Linda began collecting T Barny sculptures in the early years of T Barny’s career. “I was maybe 22 when I saw his work at his studio,” recalls Bert, “but I was young and couldn’t afford it at first. Now I own eight or nine pieces.” All Bert’s pieces are variations on T Barny’s signature mobius form. Bert adds: “I have pieces in wood, bronze and stone. They are all unique and extraordinarily beautiful. I don’t know how anyone can look at his work and not think he’s a genius.”BERT & LINDA
“Hunter Kirkland Contemporary has had the pleasure of exhibiting T. Barny’s stone and bronze sculptures since 2004. His innate ability to envision the potential of a particular stone and transform that raw material into a finely crafted and expressive form, is, I believe, a remarkable achievement. T. Barny’s ability to intuit the characteristics of his chosen material is most strikingly apparent in his Möbius forms. His interpretation of this complicated form captures the essence of a world that is both intricate and sublime.”NANCY HUNTER, OWNER
“Like all art, the pieces speak to you. In the case of TBarny’s works, his unique interpretations, be they abstract or allegorical, are such individual expressions that they immediately found resonance with us. Our home is a work of art itself and TBarny’s eighteen pieces each have a permanent location that work in harmony with the house. Not a day goes by that we don’t admire the complimentary nature of house and artwork”BILL & SCOTT