This August, Baton Rouge lost a legend. This November, we celebrate him.
Join us on November 17 for a special celebration of artist Charles Barbier and an exhibition of more than three dozen works of his spanning his entire career.
This event will be free and open to the public and will include live music and refreshments.
Before receiving instruction (including a BFA from University of New Orleans and MFA from Louisiana State University), Barbier was a self-taught artist for fifteen years. He cited his experience as a veteran of the Vietnam War (1968-69) as a strengthening factor in his development as an artist. In tackling controversial subjects and themes that often reflect a local context, Barbier employed complex compositions with meanings that are open to the interpretation of the viewer. In addition to his work being shown in galleries, Barbier was also a prolific muralist throughout Baton Rouge.
He was a BRG artist member since 1994 until his passing this summer.
For this exhibition, in addition to works that will be on loan from area collectors, Barbier’s family has made a number of works from various points across his career available for purchase.
Stay tuned for more information on this special exhibition and celebration of a beloved artist who brought so much to Louisiana’s capital city.