Robert Barrett is a prolific and accomplished painter, muralist, and illustrator who has been recognized for his work both at home and abroad. Robert received a BFA in painting from the University of Utah in 1973 and an MA and MFA in painting from the University of Iowa in 1975 and 1976. Robert studied painting in Europe as the recipient of a German Academic Exchange Grant and was an Artist in Residence at the Kimball Art Center as the recipient of a joint grant from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Utah Arts Council. He has received multiple awards for his work both locally and nationally. His work has been featured in many magazines and publications, including the International Artists Magazine and Society of Illustrators Annuals.He has exhibited his work in numerous art shows including those at the Society of Illustrators in New York, the Directors Guild of America, NY, and the National Arts Club, NY.
Additionally, he is currently a professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and he was awarded the Karl G. Maeser Award for Teaching Excellence at BYU in 1995 and the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award in 2004. His clientele includes prominent publishing companies, including Houghton Mifflin Hartcourt and Viking USA, as well as several established magazines. His book Life Drawing: How to Portray the Figure with Accuracy and Expression was published in 2008 (North Light Books), and he recently completed a children’s book on the life of President Obama entitled Obama: Only in America, as well as a companion book on the life of Michelle Obama (Marshall Cavendish Publishers, New York).
Through his artwork, Robert inspires his viewers to know the scripture stories more personally, connect with the pioneers and prophets who have gone before us, and come to understand and reverence the Savior more deeply.