Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design
More B.S. Than You Can Shake A Stick At.
the journals, paintings and sculpture of Barron Storey.
"Barron Storey is a visionary; the mind behind the eye."
-Neil Gaiman, Sandman
Barron's work contains an ominous beauty. It grabs you with undeniable truth and leaves you with an understanding of human torment that only a true genius or a madman could pull from his soul.
His accomplishments and accolades are many. Barron was recently named New York's Society of Illustrator's Instructor of the Year; He currently teaches at the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco, San Jose State University and Pixar Studios.
Barron has created illustrations for the likes of Boys' Life, Reader's Digest, National Geographic, leather-bound classics for the Franklin Library, books like "War and Peace," "The Good Earth" and the collected works of Theodore Dreiser. Among his most-seen works is the cover for the 1980 reissue of "Lord of the Flies," which for years was the best-selling paperback book in the country, in part because of its provocative cover painting of a young boy who looks half frightened, half fearless.
His giant painting of the South American rain forest hangs in the Washington, D.C. gallery (for the American Museum of Natural History). Another of his celebrated pieces -- a 1979 rendering of the space shuttle commissioned by NASA, the first official painting ever done of the flying machine -- hangs in the Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. His covers for Time, portraits of Howard Hughes and Yitzhak Rabin and many others, hang in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.
Barron has also achieved success in the comics industry making his debut in 1993 with the publication of "The Marat/Sade Journals," published by Tundra Publishing (which was then owned by Kevin Eastman, creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Comics Journal (considered the industry's bible) referred to the move as "one of the most significant events to hit the industry in a quarter-century."
"Nobody draws better than Barron. Not you, not your little sister, your architect dad, not your rebellious ex-boyfriend who draws with his own blood, not the most talented kid at your art school. Not your favorite artist in the whole world; I've seen the work with my own eyes. Nobody draws better than The Barron."
-David Choe, SlowJams