Joe Barrington

Joe Barrington

“My work is drawn from a lifetime of living, working, and experiencing the outdoors. Typically narrative in nature, my work evokes familiar memories. These experiences have found their way into my work throughout the entirety of my career. My grandfather brought the first arc welder to my rural part of Texas and I grew up with skilled craftsmen teaching the technique and processes now utilized in my artistic career.

With my sculpture I try to inspire fascination by making steel appear soft, light, or tactile. When utilizing other materials I apply the same ideas to encourage close looking and fascination. Recently I have been exploring new media with a particular interest in found and/or discarded materials. My work touches on social observations, and more recently man’s relationship and impact on the environment through both subject matter and material choice.”

Participating Pieces:


Leaping Brown Trout

Leaping Brown Trout

Medium: Welded Steel & River Rocks | Price: $4,500 | Location: U.S. Bank | Location Sponsor: Downtown Enhancement Fund & U.S. Bank

Raven the Messenger

Raven the Messenger

Medium: Welded Steel & Salvaged Tires | Price: $9,000 | Location: Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture | Location Sponsor: Yellowstone Country Montana & Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture