Will Barnet

Painter and Printmaker
2011 National Medal of Arts recipient and painter/printmaker Will Barnet receives his medal from President Barack Obama at an East Room ceremony at the White House on February 13, 2012.

Photo by Anthony Brown, Imigination Photography.


Will Barnet is an American painter, printmaker, and teacher. His nuanced and graceful depictions of family and personal scenes, for which he is best known, are meticulously constructed of flat planes that reveal a lifelong exploration of abstraction, expressionism, and geometry. For over 80 years, Mr. Barnet has been a constant force in the visual arts world, marrying sophistication and emotion with beauty and form.