B.A., Columbia University
B.M., The Juilliard School
High school diploma, The North Carolina School of the Arts
The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY
stARTup Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
Clio Art Fair, New York City
Szczecin European Film Festival, Szczecin, Poland
Portland Experimental Film Festival, Portland, OR
“Street Shooting Around the World”, The Los Angeles Center of Photography
“Open (C)all: Truth,” BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
“Seeking Space 2017,” Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY
"Utopie distribuée," Galerie White Project, Paris, France
Larcade Gallery, Paris, France
StreeTVideOart, Art TV, Paris, France
Millennium Film Workshop, New York City

BIO: Barton Lewis was born into a family of artists and teachers in Urbana, Illinois. When he was in the third grade, his parents gave him a Super 8 mm movie camera, and so began his love affair with photography. After making films with friends and classmates in middle and junior high school, Barton pursued an interest in music. He graduated high school from The North Carolina School of the Arts, moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School, where he received a B.M. in music composition, and has a B.A. in English literature from Columbia University.

After college, Barton pursued a career in musical theater before returning to his first love – film. His films about natural light and its interaction with various materials, and about the urban landscape in states of opulent decay have been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and elsewhere in the United States and Europe. After making a film about the wall cuts in the New York City subway in 2017, Barton began documenting these images as large format still photographs. He shoots similar subjects above ground, surfaces transformed by street artists working independently, and by natural forces, into arresting combinations of color, texture and form.

STATEMENT: I chronicle the impermanence, continuous evolution, and elusive forces that form the visual fabric of city life. My work lies at the intersection of fine art, documentary, advertising, popular culture and archaeology. My current projects include “wall cuts” (panels in the New York City subway system where print advertising is hung) and “urban topographies,” which investigates features of the urban landscape, including building facades, construction fences, doors, mailboxes, and vintage signs. I am particularly interested in how these subjects are manipulated by street artists working independently and further transformed by natural forces. The motivation behind my work is to call attention to arresting combinations of color, form and texture that daily surround us, in the process expanding our definition of what we call art, how it is made, and where it appears. / 347.325.4415