Barrett DeBusk has been creating and showing art since his college days at North Texas State University, where he earned both his BFA and MFA degrees. DeBusk’s satirical look at life combined with his natural ability to create has given form to this incredible collection of sculptures that began in the early 90’s when he began creating contemporary wall sculptures and furniture. DeBusk’s uncomplicated illustration of subjects emphasize his innovative use of materials and a remarkable ability to capture a mood with simple lines. “It’s my way of drawing. I use torch and steel instead of pencil and paper.”
“Subjects for these pieces are taken from my life,” says DeBusk. “Other artists put themselves into their work, I put others into mine.” Affirming Barrett’s talent of expressing humor is a list of clients that includes Michael Jordan, Tara Lipinski, Jerry Seinfeld, Elaine Boosler and Norman Lear. DeBusk works are part of many collections throughout the world including Hilton Hotels, Carnival Cruise Lines, the Reflex Museum in Amsterdam, the American Embassy in Africa and collections in England, New Zealand, Australia, France, Germany, Japan and the United States and in the permanent White House collection.
Each piece is created from cold rolled, hand bent steel rod that is welded together and put on “legs” that display it off of the wall for a shadow effect. Each piece is powder coated, making them extremely easy to care for and enjoy. Every piece is individually stamped and numbered as part of a small edition, complete with a certificate of authenticity.
DeBusk’s creative evolution is apparent in his growing scope of designs. Scenes of musicians, jazz clubs, dancers, city streets, old theaters, lovers kissing and children playing tell a story for everyone. Along with his ability to relate to people, his innate skill of satire, irony and love of life have enabled him to produce art that is easily recognizable and distinctly DeBusk.
Date of Birth: May 9, 1955 Austin, Texas
Photo courtesy Paul Gallaher