Mother and Child
sculpture in silver on marble base
4 3/4 inches tall with base
Barney Bright was a native of Shelbyville, Kentucky. He attended Davidson College in North Carolina, served in the Navy, then enrolled in the University of Louisville and attended the Art Center School. Bright worked as a designer at General Electric Appliance Park, but in 1953 he quit to sculpt. He made ends meet by teaching and sculpting industrial models, artificial noses and ears for cancer patients, duplicate dummy heads for a ventriloquist and refrigerator handles. Bright’s works are in an estimated 1,200 private collections and 40 public collections, the majority in the Louisville area. He did portraits of such figures as U.S. Sens. Thruston B. Morton and Wendell Ford, as well as Col. Harland Sanders. In 1989 Bright received the Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement from Kentucky Gov. Wallace Wilkinson.
This sculpture appears in Barney Bright: A Fifty Year Celebration: Exhibition and Catalogue, the publication from the 1997 Louisville Visual Art Association retrospective of Bright’s work.
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