Barry McGee Pictures
Barry McGee was born in 1966 in San Francisco, California, where he graduated from El Camino High School. In 1991, He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute.
At an early age, Barry began tagging in the neighborhoods of his surrounding cities. In the 1980s, he used the graffiti tag name “twist” throughout the streets of San Francisco. However, because his name was well known near his home city, he felt a deep need to expand to other areas, including places not traditionally known for promoting street art or graffiti—art galleries.
McGee found the change suited to him, and quickly rose to fame when he began working as an artist for the more diverse audience found within the traditional gallery space. By then, his prototypical graffiti character with sagging eyes on a bemused expression had become an iconic trademark. He also served as a high influence within the urban art scene and street art community. Barry is often regarded as one of the first street art pioneers to paint within gallery walls.
Barry McGee has a strong focus on drawings, paintings, and mixed-media installations. He, in fact, takes much of his inspiration from contemporary urban culture, street art, and other artist installations. Other sources of inspiration include Mexican muralists, tramp art, and graffiti art from the 1970s and 1980s.
McGee’s installations include items such as empty liquor bottles, spray-paint cans, tagged signs, and scrap metal that create unique visual language. They also offer visually stimulating and brightly colored multi-layered compositions. His drawings, paintings, and sculptures are enhanced by the urban culture and inspired by patterns. They also often present centered characters that address issues on identity, consumerist culture, and commercialism.
Barry McGee is a highly respected and admired individual who counts his followers amongst skaters, graffiti artists, and even surfers as well as the more traditional gallery audiences. His artwork has been presented in locations such as the Walker Art Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, UCLA Hammer Museum, and in the American streets as street art.
Barry McGee is currently known by monikers such as Ray Long, Lydia Fong, Bernon Vernon, P. Kin, Ray Virgil, and many variations of Twist.
He has had many exhibitions of his work displayed around the world, including Milan, Tokyo, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Barry McGee "the Buddy System" exhibits at Deitch in NY. March 20, 1999 — April 24, 1999
Barry McGee "HOSS" exhibits at Rice Gallery in Houston,Texas. From September 16 through October 24, 1999
McGee's work was included in the 2001 Venice Biennale.
Barry McGee solo exhibition at Rose Art Museum in Waltham, MA. Apr 29 – Jul 25, 2004.
Barry Mcgee featured in "Beautiful Losers" exhibition at Circleculture Gallery in Berlin, Germany. February 13 – March 6, 2006.
Barry McGee LOFT installation at Roberts & Tilton Gallery Los Angeles, CA. Dec.2, 2006 – Feb 3, 2007.
Barry McGee solo exhibits at Watari-um Museum in Tokyo, Japan Jun 2 -Sept 30, 2007.
Barry McGee solo exhibits at BALTIC Centre in UK. January 21 – April 27, 2008.
Barry McGee and Clare Rojas exhibition "The Big Sad" at Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA. Mar 30 – May 17, 2008.
2008 Life on Mars, the 2008 Carnegie International
Barry McGee solo exhibition at Ratio 3 in San Francisco, CA. September 5 – October 18, 2008.
Barry McGee exhibits at "McGee / Templeton / Pettibon" exhibition curated by Aaron Rose at Circleculture Gallery in Berlin, Germany. April 9 – May 30, 2009, 2009–2010 Biennale de Lyon, France
Barry McGee and HuskMitNavn exhibition "The Last Night" at A.L.I.C.E. gallery in Brussels,
Belgium. March 25 – April 28, 2010.
Barry McGee Retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum. 2012