Terry works with NY based artist Patrick-Earl Barnes on a collection of fashion and accessories. They started with limited edition tote bags based on Patrick-Earl's stylish and quirky "Deep Folk" paintings. The Patrick-Earl for H*O*T brand has expanded with T-shirts, sweatshirts, iphone covers, pillows, mugs, as well as original Patrick-Earl Fashion Folk art collages inspired by Terry's style.
Patrick-Earl Barnes, born and bred in Shreveport Louisiana, came to NYC in 1995 and began selling his fabric collage artwork on the streets of Soho in 1999. He calls his art "a conjunction of found objects, free association, various styles, and approaches." Working mainly in collage and decoupage, he decks out his Art of Fashion Folk in a captivating mix of fabric and painted clothing on intriguing backgrounds. Patrick-Earl's many fans the world over are truly enchanted with his army of fashionable folk and feel that one is never enough.
When Terry met Patrick-Earl, they immediately had a lot in common. "My portraitures were often wearing the same fabric and clothes as Terry," says Patrick-Earl. They have been friends for years.
Born in Shreveport, LA. in 1964. Lives in New York City.
Patrick-Earl Barnes experienced an almost stereotypically American childhood. As a child Patrick enjoyed sports (especially winning trophies), climbing trees, building things out of recycled objects, and even started his own grass-cutting business. Even as a youth Patrick had an appreciation for the aesthetic, and found pleasure in making his clients yards look beautiful. Always a hard worker, Patrick assisted his grandfather in the rag and junk-collecting business, gathering pop bottles, tin, copper, metal scrap, and rags. Ever industrious growing up, he also worked at Baskin Robbins, where he “made the best banana split”.
After attending Howard University and working various nine-to-five jobs, among them with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Energy, in 1989 Patrick’s “heart and spirit were touched with an inspiration to create art.” His work was influenced by his grandfather, Earl Ware, his grandmother, Mary Lee Barnes, a third grade teacher, and artists Georgette Seabrook Powell, Charles Lovelace, Benny Andrews, and David Hammons. Patrick considers his style of art “deep folk” - causing the viewer to think, connect, and recollect. He works mainly with collage, decoupage, and found objects. The theme of family is primary in his life and in his art.
Patrick’s parents, a chemist and a purchasing agent, are major influences in his work. “Making my parents happy makes me smile. I realized at an early age that honoring your parents was the most important commandment … Honoring parents is the only command in Scripture that promises long life as a reward. Those who honor their parents are blessed. I am truly blessed.” His father’s passing in 1995 left a significant void in his life. The series “Family Ties” is an attempt to honor his Dad’s memory by incorporating bits of his father’s old shirts and ties into the artwork.
“Family Ties derived from memories of my father, the shirt and tie series not only help to fill that void, but also immortalizes his memory and spirit. The shirt and tie artwork that I create is more or less an attempt to communicate a great father and son relationship experience. I communicate in a way that other people can pick up that emotional attachment that I have toward my art.”