Barry Cole

Paintings By Barry Cole


Barry started painting at age 15. As a native New Yorker, he had access to some of the greatest art museums in the world and he visited them often. He was influenced by Paul Cezanne, early Vincent Van Gogh, Salvadore Dali and Pablo Picasso. Although he had no training, he was able to copy the styles of his favorite painters and he gradually developed a style of his own. While still in his teens and developing his painting skills, Barry discovered that he had a natural ability to make music. First he became a singer, and from the advice of some professional musicians that he sat-in with, he taught himself the guitar and the string bass. Even though he was unschooled in music and could barely read the arrangements, his musical ear was exceptional and he quickly became popular with New York dance bands as a vocalist and bass player. His music career was so successful and financially rewarding, he had little time to paint. He stopped completely when he was in his early twenties. A few years later he opened a restaurant on New York’s Upper East Side and became a chef. He has often said that “adding flavors to food is like adding color to a canvas”. If you were lucky enough to taste his cooking, you would agree.

A few years ago, Barry felt the need to return to his first creative love and start painting again. We are here to witness this renaissance.