Ted Barr – biography
Ted Barr was born in Romania and lives in Israel, he is a painter, published author, teacher, lecturer and curator. In 1980 after his release from his regular army service as a battalion commander, Barr started seven years period of studies with the Emin esoteric group based in London. His main areas of research were; Symbolism, Ancient Egypt, Numerology, mathematical relations as well as traditional academic studies. He holds an M.B.A degree in economy and marketing from the Tel Aviv University.
Barr has written several books, ‘Krombie’ - a children book and ‘Frau Gruber's Camp’ which was published in Hebrew in 2006 and translated into English in 2011
In 1995 Barr began his drawing lessons under the Israeli master Shlomo Tzafrir in Old Jaffa where his first exhibition was opened to the public in 2001.
Since then Barr has had exhibitions in New York, Montreal, Palo Alto, Guadalajara, Detroit MI., Chianciano Terme, Cannes, Paris, Istanbul, Izmir, Cheshme, Hayward,CA., Dallas TX., Miami FL. and the Burning Man festival in Nevada. A complete list of his art exhibitions appears on his website.
Barr does not sign his name on his canvases. Instead he developed a private symbol that encapsulates his esoteric studies experience, more details can be read in the article ‘Dual Eternity – Barr's symbol’ at Barr’s site:
In 2006 Barr begun his experimentation with tar, which led to the development of the multi-layered tar technique that is used in most of his paintings. A combination of tar, acrylic and oil colors with lacquer. In the deep space series there are 15-20 layers in each painting.
On August 2008 Barr created 3 glass statutes in the Swedish sculptor Olle Jonsson's studio in Alfta, Those statues where exhibited on December 2008 at the Fusionarts museum in NYC.
On October 2008 Barr founded The Current Art Group, an international artist gathering, as a platform for artistic residency, sharing and interaction. as to September 2012 the group contains more than 4000 active members
In May 2009 Barr was invited to Guadalajara by the art teacher Mappy Wereka to deliver a workshop in order to explain his multi-layered tar technique; followed by another workshop in August 2009 in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.
Barrs' series of paintings, Cycles of Life was exhibited in December 17, 2009 at the Gebo Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel. The series was also exhibited at the Daniel Gallery in August 2011 and the Ruth Gallery, September 2011 . In June 2010 he was invited to hold an art workshop in Hayward, CA. to explain his creative technique. On October 2010 there were 4 art events in which Ted Barr was involved; a solo exhibition at the Israeli Opera house in Tel Aviv, a group exhibition at Ward-Nasse gallery in NYC, delivery of an art workshop at the creative festival in Beit Oren and a lecture about deep space art and the multi-layered tar technique. On May 2011 Barr was invited to the Izmir Bienalle in Turkey. In September 2011 Barr exhibited at the Dacia Gallery in NYC, at the Ruth Gallery and Daniel Gallery in Tel Aviv On November 2011 Barr exhibited at the Luminarte Gallery in Dallas TX. Where he delivered an art workshop as well. On December 2011 he participated in the Art Basel Miami with the AFP Gallery from NYC. In 2012 Barr showed at the LMNT gallery Miami and delivered there an art workshop. Barr is the curator for the current art booth at the NYC contemporary art fair on October and the River art fair during art Basel Miami on December. On January 2013 Barr curated and exhibited the UNITY show at Memoir de l’avenir gallery in Paris and exhibited in the RED show in Luminarte gallery in Dallas.