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Art Helps Veteran With Brain Injury

May 17th, 2016

Art Helps Veteran With Brain Injury

When Howard Barry joined the Army in the mid-1980s, he knew he might end up in any number of dangerous situations. He just didn’t think riding his bike near the base in San Francisco would be one of them...

American Becomes Canvas For Ferguson Inspired Protest Art

October 26th, 2014

American Becomes Canvas For Ferguson Inspired Protest Art

“Using The St. Louis American, let me take what I had going on in my head and how I’m dealing with this situation – and what I want to say about it through my art – and lent credibility to my voice,” said creative artist and graphic designer Howard Barry.
Since the August 14 edition of The American hit newsstands across the city and county, Barry has been using the pages related to the Michael Brown tragedy as his personal canvas.

Ferguson Headlines Inspire Local Artist

October 25th, 2014

Ferguson Headlines Inspire Local Artist

FERGUSON, Mo. – "Initially they weren't even images I was going to share," said graphics artist Howard Barry, describing the 50 pieces of Ferguson-inspired artwork he's created.

In the beginning, Barry painted water color images from Ferguson, like a lone protester surrounded by clouds of tear gas. Eventually, the newspaper headlines in the St. Louis American caught his attention.

He noticed there was page after page of Ferguson coverage, and he started painting images on the newspaper pages. Each piece of artwork contained the hashtag "Ferguson."

"The hashtag 'Ferguson' started to connect all of these pieces together and show that it was a body of work," Barry said. "All this is a narrative."

It's a narrative that's intense and in your face such as the protester confronting several police officers wearing protective face shields, or a mourning Michael Brown Sr. with a huge tear running down his cheek, or the watercolor image of Missouri Highway...