Barry Leibman is a St. Louis based painter whose art practice spans over two decades. Leibman’s images act as a visual translation from the language of music or written word, evoking the synesthetic qualities existent within the work. The subject matter of his paintings includes passages from novels and musical compositions.
“These current paintings continue my on-going interest in musicians and composers. Previous solo exhibitions have concentrated on Mozart, Erik Satie, Hand-Made American Music, Charlie Parker, and Gustav Mahler. These new paintings depict “imaginary gardens” of various composers ranging from Beethoven to Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk to Vivaldi, Dmitri Shostakovich to John Cage. The 'garden' elements are sometimes abstracted, sometimes observed from above, sometimes at night, sometimes only as a single element... I (feel) that the music and the personality of each composer can be discerned in the paintings.” - artist statement