Ira Barkoff


Ira Barkoff Biography

American, b. 1934

“Looking at a blank canvas can be both exciting and frightening at the same time. Most of the time exciting wins out and I plunge in. That is, I paint the landscape, which for me is what it’s all about. The landscape represents nature and contemplating nature is being in touch with God. You could cast me as a modern-day Luminist-Tonalist-Impressionist. Monet’s Water Lilies have been a big influence, along with the landscape painter Wolf Kahn.”

“The landscape is what I see before me or from my mind’s eye. When I paint a mountain or a tree, I’m not trying to capture the mountain or tree literally (that’s what a photograph does). I’m trying to express my inner spirit in the painting – to transcend the physical to reach the spiritual.”

“My most successful pictures are not those that are the most accurate in terms of nature, but are the ones where the state of my consciousness allowed me to translate my feelings – my deepest inner feelings – to the canvas. When I get into this altered state, it’s just a fantastic feeling. I think most artists paint in order to get into this altered state. I know I do. Hopefully, what comes out is a perceptual poem.”

Ira Barkoff received his B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He also attended the Art Students League, where he studied with Robert Brackman and Robert Beverly Hale, NY.


2007, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT
2005, Claudia Health Fine Art, Charlotte, NC
2005, Walker-Kornbluth Gallery, Fair Lawn, NJ
2005, Gallery Du Soleil, Tarrytown, NY
2004, Lenox Gallery of Fine Art, Lenox, MA
2004, William Mooreson Gallery, Kent, CT
2003, William Mooreson Gallery, Kent, CTt
2002, Gallery of Fine Art, Lenox, MA
2001, Norfolk Library, Norfolk, CT
1999, New London Art Society, New London, CT
1999, Berkshire Art Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
1997, Town Hall, Sharon, CT
1996, Good News Gallery, Woodbury, CT
1996, Washington Art Association, Washington, CT
1995, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Hartford Showcase, Hartford, CT
1994, Legacy Art, Miami, FL
1991, Clapp and Tuttle Gallery, Woodbury, CT
1990, Five Point Gallery , East Chatham, NY
1990, Cornwall Library Association, Cornwall, CT
1989, Francesca Anderson Gallery, Boston, MA
1989, Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield, CT
1986, Durham Ziff Gallery, New York, NY
1986, Moviehouse Studio Gallery, Millerton, NY
1984, Durham Ziff Gallery, New York, NY
1984, Somerstown Gallery, Somers, NY
1977, Galleria Genova, Chappaqua, NY

2006, Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT
2006, Cavalier Gallery, Greenwich, CT
2006, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT
2006, Munson Gallery, Chatham, Cape Cod, MA
2006, Brick Wall Gallery, West Hartford, CT
2006, Claudia Heath Fine Art, Charlotte, MA
2006, Lenox Gallery of Fine Art, Lenox, MA
2005, City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT
2005, Dragonfly Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
2005, Munson Gallery, Chatham, Cape Cod, MA
2005, Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, NY
2005, Cavalier Gallery, New York, NY
2005, Kaller Gallery, Bethesda, MD
2005, Gallery DuSoleil, Tarrytown, NY
2004, Cavalier Gallery, New York, NY
2004, Munson Gallery, Chatham, Cape Code, MA
2004, Dragonfly Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
2003, Dragonfly Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
2003, Lenox Gallery of Fine Art, Lenox, MA
2003, Munson Gallery, Chatham, Cape Cod, MA
2003, Cavalier Gallery, New York, NY
2002, Dragonfly Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
2002, New York Paris Kent Gallery, Kent, CT
2002, Cavalier Gallery, Greenwich, CT
2001 , Bacheller-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT
2001, Riester/Greenberg Gallery, New Preston, CT
2000, Cavalier Gallery, Greenwich, CT
1995, Silo Gallery: ConnectiComp, New Milford, CT
1994, Linda McAdoo Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1992, Grand Central “Romantic Realism” show, New York, NY
1992, Hilsdale College “Romantic Realism” show, MI
1992, Harris Gallery, West Cornwall, CT
1991, Five Points Gallery, East Chatham, NY
1991, Connoisseur Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY
1991, Ellen/Baker Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1984, Mussavi Art Center, New York, NY
1983, Gregg Galleries, National Arts Club, New York, NY
1983, Atelier Studio Gallery, New Milford, CT
1981, Martha Whitt Gallery, Louisville, KY
1976, Merrill Lynch Galleries, New York, NY
1975, Robbins Gallery, South Orange, NJ
1974-1993, Birdsnest Gallery, Bar Harbor, ME
1974, Thompson Gallery, New York, NY
1974, Nantucket Gallery, Nantucket, MA
1971, Madison 90 Gallery, New York, NY

1998, Three Rivers Art Festival
Judge: Sheena Wagstaff, Director of Collections-Frick Museum, Pittsburg, PA
1994, First Street Gallery: National Competition
Juror: Wayne Thiebau, New York, NY
1992, Art of Northeast USA, Silvermine
Juror: Eliza Rathbone, Curator Phillips Collection,
1991, Aetna Gallery: Curated Realism, Hartford, CT
1989, Stamford Museum: Annual Competition
Juror: Kenworth Moffet, former curator of Twentieth Century Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Stamford, CT
1981, 1983, 1985-87, Sharon Creative Arts Foundation, Sharon, CT
1979, Grand Central Galleries: Annual Competition, New York, NY
1974, Lever House, American Artists Professional League, New York, NY
1972, Marietta College: Mainstream ‘72, Marietta, OH
1971, Allied Artists Annual, New York, NY

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Still Mountain Center, Kent, CT
American Home Products, New York, NY
Pfizer Corporation, New York, NY
Phoenix Home Life Insurance, Hartford, CT
Dawes Music, New York, NY
Anda/Scottie, New York, NY
Durham Ziff Collection, New York, NY
Five Point Gallery Collection, Chappaqua, NY
Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve, Washington, D.C.
John Gillis, Architect, New York, NY
Jerry Della Femina Partners, New York, NY
Pioneer Group, Boston, MA

Washington Art Association, Washington, CT