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Barras’ confident experimentation results in impressive brush strokes that lend a sense of tremendous momentum, particularly when paired with his astonishingly vibrant color palette. “I often use muted colors at first and build it up with washes of paint; I kind of move from one color to another, moving through the palette like it’s a journey.” Sometimes the backdrop of a piece is dark and looming, with a sudden injection of bright tones in places “to make it pop.” It is this heightened contrast that makes Barras’ pieces explode from the confines of their canvas. Perhaps the artist describes it best himself, however, likening his work to “being strapped to the front of a passenger train which is on a collision course with another train.”
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