Joseph Barrett

 Born in Midland, North Carolina in 1936, Joseph Barrett was raised on Bentivar, his maternal grandmother’s plantation in Profit, VA. He earned his BFA in painting at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and completed his MFA at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA.

About Joseph Barrett

For over 40 years, Joseph Barrett of Lahaska has painted landscapes that are whimsical, vibrant, full of life and imagination. The work of this iconic, Bucks County artist is always a treat for the eyes. Barrett has lived and painted in the area since 1970, creating iconic images of Bucks County. At age 80, he continues to be a disciplined and prolific painter, working every day in his tiny studio. He admits, “I am driven to paint. It is part of how I live. Once I have an idea, the urge is there to do what I have imagined.”

Barrett designs, hand carves and signs many of his own frames which he finishes in metal leaf. His frames are reminiscent of noted Bucks County framers Frederick Harer, Bernard (Ben) Badura and Raymond Vanselous.

Barrett’s work is heavily influenced by the Fauvist style of Fern Coppedge, and George Sotter’s moonlit snow scenes. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and group shows. In 2010, his work was exhibited in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Rotunda, and in 2009 he won the “Best Traditional New Hope Style Painting” at Phillips’ Mill.


Now showing through January 2017 – “Home for the Holidays” – Group Exhibition, Silverman Gallery

  • October 2016, Solo Exhibition:  Alluvial Years
  • June – August, 2106: American Summer Exhibition at the Silverman Gallery
  • May 19, 2016:  “One Day in May:  A Special Art Show and Sale to Benefit the Heritage Conservancy”, Aldie Mansion in Doylestown, PA
  • July – September, 2015: The Silverman Gallery at the Pennswood Village Art Gallery, Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA
  • May – June, 2105, “Solo Exhibition: Joseph Barrett of Lahaska, PA” at the Silverman Gallery
  • October – November, 2014: “Pennsylvania Impressionism, Then and Now” – The Silverman Gallery at Moravian College’s beautiful Payne Gallery in Bethlehem, PA. A group exhibition featuring the Payne’s fine collection of early Pennsylvania Impressionist art and selected works by seven of the finest artists working today in the tradition of the New Hope School.
  • 2014 – New Art, New Artists, Group Exhibition, Silverman Gallery
  • 2013 – Alluvial Days III, Solo Exhibition, Silverman Gallery
  • 2013 – Wall-to-Wall, Group Exhibition, Silverman Gallery
  • 2013 – The Silverman Gallery: Art in the Workplace, Raymond James, Newtown, PA
    2012 – Continuing the Tradition of PA Impressionism: The Silverman Gallery at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2012 – The Snow is So Delightful, Group Exhibition, Silverman Gallery
  • 2012 – Continuing the Tradition of Pennsylvania Impressionism: The Silverman Gallery at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2012 – Alluvial Days II, Solo Exhibition, Silverman Gallery
  • 2011 – Alluvial Days I, Solo Exhibition, Silverman Gallery
  • 2011 – A Little Night Music, Silverman Gallery
  • 2011 – Opening Exhibition, Silverman Gallery, Holicong, PA
  • 2010 – Back-To-Back (Exhibit with Chris WIllett), Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Rotunda, Harrisburg, PA
  • 2009 – Lambertville 12, Levernic Antiques, Lambertville, NJ- Group Show
  • 2000-2003 – Solo Exhibition, Jim’s Antiques, Lambertville, NJ
  • 2000 – Continuing the Bucks Co. Landscape Tradition, Bianco Gallery, Doylestown, PA
  • 2002 – Up the River Now, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ
  • 2000 – Salmagundi Art Club, Group Show, NYC
  • 1998 – Alluvial Days Solo Exhibition, Lambertville Public Library, Lambertville, NJ
  • 1998 – Coryell Gallery Group Show, Lambertville, NJ
  • 1997-1998 – PNC Bank Solo Exhibition, New Hope & Lahaska, PA
  • 1997-1998 – Hang Up Gallery Group Exhibition, Doylestown, PA
  • 1995-1996 – Midlantic Bank Solo Exhibition, New Hope & Lahaska, PA
  • 1995-1996 – Doylestown Art League Exhibition (Honorable Mention ’95)
  • 1994-1997 – Broadmoor Gallery Group Exhibition
  • 1993-1997 – Coryell Gallery Annual Juried Show, Lambertville, NJ (Award winner ’96)
  • 1994-1996 – American Fine Arts Gallery, Lambertville, NJ
  • 1994-1996 – The New Century Show, New Hope Arts Commission (Award Winner ’94)
  • 1994-1995 – Durham Gallery Group Exhibition, Georgetown, Washington, DC
  • 1993-1996 – Bianco Gallery Group Show, Doylestown, PA (Award Winner ’96)
  • 1991-1992 – Phillips Mill Annual Exhibition (Honorable Mention)
  • Philadelphia Art Alliance: Solo Exhibition
  • Tyler School of Art: Graduate Thesis Exhibition


  • Alluvial Days – Silverman Gallery, 2011
  • Joseph Barrett:  In the New Hope School  – Barrett Antiques 2009
  • Blue Chips – Jim’s Antiques, 2005
  • New Hope for American Art – Jim’s Antiques, 2005


Pfeiffer College, North Carolina, A.A.
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA: BFA – Painting
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA: MFA – Painting

What Client’s Say

We Highly recommend a trip to Silverman’s Gallery. Must see Joseph’s works in person.
George & Mary, New Hope, PA
We have been collectors of Joseph’s works for 20 years and two homes. Can’t wait to see his newest collection.
Irene, New Castle, DE

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