John Barnes Jr. was born in the community of Bogalusa, LA. in the month of December, 1971. When he turned four his family moved to Baton Rouge, LA., the public school system provided him with his earliest introduction to art making. All throughout Barnesí education as a youth he was drawing, he didnít really imagine himself as an artist until he attended Southern A&M University as an Art major. Barnes also attended Memphis College of Art for graduate study where he was awarded a Masterís of Fine Art degree in Sculpture in 1999. Barnes began his Academic career in New Orleans at Dillard University where he currently directs the Visual Arts program. John is married with two children. Barnesí work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and also in juried international biennials. His work is primarily wood, which he constructs into assemblages. John finds inspiration for new work are based on his surroundings in New Orleans and the delta region as a whole. His work is also influenced by social justice.
His research interest are primarily focused on usage of color within a work of art and its effect on art collecting.