In the Studio with Barry Lantz
By Carolyn Martens
A nationally known interior designer, Barry Lantz creates paintings that radiate color and feeling.
How would you describe your art?
“I paint with acrylic on canvas. My work usually blends well with any design period–everything from contemporary to traditional. While the subject is mostly understated, the colors are very clear and vibrant. My pieces reflect feeling and personality.”
What’s your process?
“First I decide on a color palette and size. I may be in a blue mood or a pink mood. Beginning with the overall background first, I mix many shades of the background color and begin brushing and stroking. Within the background, a subject emerges for me and I bring that subject forward and enhance it. The rhythm of the background and subject become more prominent as I progress. Then I shade and texture the colors for the final result.”
What is the best way to display your art?
“The key to well-displayed art is light. Secondly, it should be hung at the appropriate height in relationship to the furniture and its surroundings to create balance.”
If your art were music, what would it sound like?
“Depending on the piece, it would be Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra, or Earth, Wind and Fire — music with a large orchestra for back up. There is serenity with some works and a struggle and drama with others. The volume can be very low or very loud with lots of bass.”
If your art were food, what would it be?
“Usually a sweet and light dessert with chocolate sauce. But sometimes a fruit pie.”
Find Barry’s work at the Indiana Design Center in the Arts and Design District and at barrylantzart.com.