The Artist

Tripp Derrick Barnes

Tripp posing with "The Diva." His portrait of Stevie Nicks

Tripp posing with "The Diva." His portrait of Stevie Nicks

Tripp Derrick Barnes born & raised in South Carolina. He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a major in Film & Sound. It was there where he found his true passion because of a required life drawing class. 

After backpacking the globe for six months he he moved to New York City to work on films such as “The Dark Knight” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. He then took positions at advertising giants GREY and Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal while pursuing his love of the arts. It's here where he began to acquire a following, which helped launch him as a full time artist. Within a year of his first painting in the city, he was featured on Good Morning America, that was his big break. Since then he's done portraits for actors such as Matthew Mcconaughey, Susan Sarandon, Drew Brees, TV Host Andy Cohen, along with Rap artists Ja Rule and Waka Flocka Flame. He's also worked formajor brands Jameson liquor, Hanes, Bali, Maidenform, Playtex, SPiN New York, and Lactose footwear.

Together with his close friend and artist, Steven Swancoat, they've coined the term "PopNeoism." A new form of pop art connecting today's icons with abstract expressionism. Tripp's work has been called relentless, resilient, and embracing. Painting has been a huge factor in recovering from his Lyme Disease, Herniated Disks, and Scoliosis. Pushing through the pain with love, color, and creative expression.

You can view Tripp's most recent work and progress through his Instagram account @Tripp_Art

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Collaborative Art Partner Steven Swancoat & PopNeoism

Tripp and Steven with their collaborative piece "Colorful Johnny" 

In December 2012 Tripp moved into his new 74th and Columbus apartment on the upper west side of Manhattan. He quickly learned of his artist and ob/gyn resident neighbor Steven Swancoat. After befriending each other, Steven encouraged Tripp to do an abstract on his closet door... it was the start of their first collaboration. After a couple more paintings together, they soon realized the potential they had working as one. Combined, they make an excellent team, with a seamless approach to creativity. In some ways they are similar, others completely different. Though what is clear is that when they put their minds together, magic happens.

It's already been a thrilling ride for them both, yet it's still in the beginning phases. Let the vivid imagery of Tripp and Swancoat's "PopNeoism" bring you happiness and excitement!

You may check out Steven Swancoat's website below