Al Barnes (b. 1937)
signed “Barnes” lower right
oil on canvas, 20 by 30 in.
Al Barnes is the 2014 featured artist for The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. 50% of the proceeds from the sale of Hail Mary will go directly to BTT whose mission is to conserve and enhance global bonefish, tarpon, and permit fisheries and their environments through stewardship, research, education, and advocacy. The BTT serves as a repository for information on to the life history of these species and works internationally with anglers, guides, scientists, regulators, and the public to nurture and enhance fish populations.
Barnes is a Texas artist who was born into a fishing family. He grew up near South Padre Island, and always knew he would be an artist. Barnes attended the University of Texas to study art, and went on to sail and crew on boats. He has travelled the coasts of North and Central America and is an avid waterman. In the pursuit of his art, he has journeyed extensively, learning about local wildlife and watercraft. He writes, “I prefer to start out with the sea or landscape and see what appears in it along the way. Sometimes birds fly in, sometimes boats float in, sometimes both.”
Barnes was a National Artist of the Year for Ducks Unlimited and is a current member of the American Society of Marine Artists. He has exhibited at the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson, Wyoming and the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition in Charleston, South Carolina, in addition to many other locations, both in group shows and solo exhibits. His works are found in the permanent collections of the Lee Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, the Coca Cola Company, and the Museum of Natural Science in Houston, Texas, among others.
Copley Fine Art Auctions
The Winter Sale 2014
The American Theater
446 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina
Preview Feb 12, 5p-7p
Brunch Preview Feb 13, 8:30-10:30a
Auction Feb 13, 11a
If you are unable to attend the auction on February 13, there are many other ways for you to participate. Telephone, absentee, internet absentee, and live online bidding are also available for your convenience.
To view Hail Mary, along with others items featured in the sale, please visit our online catalog.