Barry Eisenach grew up in Broomfield, Colorado, where, he says, “You were a little strange if you were into art. There was no access to museums or galleries. I was mostly self-taught.” Eisenach went to Colorado State University to study art, but discovered that the program lacked what he needed. “I learned about a lot of new and different kinds of art, but there was very little instruction. It was like trying to build a house without a foundation.”
After leaving the University and being told by prospective employers that he had a lot of talent, but needed training, Eisenach went back to school, attending the Colorado Institute of Art. After graduation, he landed a job with a large advertising firm. However, after working as an illustrator for several years, Eisenach was ready to focus on sculpting. Unfortunately, he was unable to balance his career with raising his son, and went back to illustration. Twenty years later, his son has a degree in aerospace engineering, and Eisenach is able to pursue his sculpting full-time.
A traditional realist sculptor of figurative subject matter, Eisenach has always enjoyed the human form. “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always enjoyed drawing people… My figures aren’t about action; my Indians aren’t warriors attacking. It’s a more introspective feeling I’m trying to get. I want to capture intelligence, a piece of their spirit. I guess that’s what I’m trying to do, steal a little bit of soul.” Indeed, Eisenach’s works rarely have any props included in the piece. He is more interested in the statement the figure makes; the figure, whether a ballerina or a Native American, becomes a vehicle to express his own emotional responses to the events of his own life.
Although primarily a sculptor, Eisenach compares his work to Impressionism, saying of his pieces, “It’s kind of like the Impressionists’ work in a way: they left it up to the viewer’s eye to mix those colors; I like to leave it up to the viewer to decide the story behind the sculpture.”
Eisenach has participated in the Sculpture in the Park Exhibition in Loveland, Colorado for the last few years, and in 2003 was elected to full membership in the Northwest Rendezvous Group. His work was awarded Best in Show at the 2002 Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum Western Spirit Art Show in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Reference: artist publication, Southwest Art January 2000