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Our Artist Heritage and Genealogy

Roger Brinker

This lecture is now available for purchase as a download!

Join Roger Brinker as he explores our common artist ancestry and reveals our direct connection with many of the great masters of world art.

This lecture presents a unique opportunity:

  • Learn how Myron Barnstone was directly connected to the great masters of the art world.
  • See how you as a student of the Barnstone method are part of the history of Western Art.

$500 And Under Gallery

This lecture will be held in person and via Zoom the evening of the Barnstone Gallery Open House April 27th 12pm – 5pm.

Since Myron Barnstone’s passing in 2016, Roger Brinker was inspired to explore his artistic connections, looking at Barnstone and his teachers, and their teachers, and so on, wondering how far back this went. What he discovered was a direct lineage – an artist genealogy – that extended through the entire history of Western Art! He learned that we and our teacher, Myron Barnstone, are part of a succession of artist/teachers that join together luminaries such as Delacroix and Degas, in addition to Raphael, Botticelli, and Leonardo Da Vinci!

Myron Barnstone always believed that the study and deep appreciation of art constitutes our collective heritage. What Myron didn’t know was that our connection with a vast number of artists he valued so profoundly was literally our birthright.

Roger is eager to share his discoveries and insights with the Barnstone community. Join him (Saturday evening, April 27, 6-8pm) as he explores our common artist ancestry and reveals our direct connection with many of the great masters of world art.


Roger created a flow chart poster that details each of the artists that populate our Artist Heritage. Recently, he produced a T-shirt that displays a ‘greatest hits’ of our best-known artist ancestors. Everyone attending this presentation in person will be entered in door prize drawings that will include the opportunity to win one of the Artist Heritage posters or an Artist Heritage T-shirt. The posters and T-shirts will also be available for purchase the weekend of the open house.

[ As a teenager in the late 1970’s, Roger Brinker began his studies with Myron Barnstone. From 1985 to 2003, he taught the Barnstone Studios Youth Classes, where precocious students began their serious study of master design systems and the Golden Section. Today, Roger is the lead instructor of the New Barnstone Studios as we segue from the original brick and mortar institution into the virtual realm. ]

De-Mystifying the Art of Myron Barnstone

Roger Brinker

This lecture is now available for purchase as a download!

Join Roger Brinker on his deep-dive investigation of the haunting work of this visionary modernist.

This lecture presents a unique opportunity:

  • Review methods developed in Barnstone’s artwork that came to form the foundation of his teaching practice.
  • Uncover the artist’s obsessions and hidden interests.
    Explore the meanings behind his complex themes and social statements.
  • Discover principles that can apply to our own artistic styles, conceptual approaches, or abstractions.

$500 And Under Gallery

After Myron’s death in 2016, Cat Barnstone-Szafran revealed a wealth of her father’s artwork which had remained in storage for nearly 50 years. Works that received critical acclaim in Paris in the 1960’s could now be viewed once again. Shocking and prescient when first seen in the Cold War era, these works have lost none of their power. Myron’s work remains strikingly fresh and relevant.

Roger Brinker was familiar with a few works that hung in Myron’s residence and with photo albums seen by select students in the early days at the Barnstone Studios. However, he was astonished by the trove of more than 500 of Myron’s artworks, representing 15 years of dedicated, full-time endeavor. He became involved in cataloging the works and developing a chronology.  Activities led to further revelations. In addition to curating a teaching exhibition of Myron’s work, Roger started to analyze and interpret the artworks in relation to the principles of the Barnstone Method. Comparisons to the master work slides from Myron’s lectures at the Barnstone Studios revealed correlations with modernists like Jacques Villon, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, and Rico Lebrun. Additional references cite Goya, Géricault, Rubens, and Michelangelo.

This lecture was enthusiastically praised by Studios alumni when first presented in person. For the disappointed art lovers that missed the live lecture we are presenting this opportunity to download and appreciate Roger Brinker’s presentation ‘De-Mystifying the Art of Myron Barnstone’.   

What students say about De-Mystifying the Art of Myron Barnstone 

Both the content and the way Roger presented the content was absolutely amazing! I am even more in awe of Myron’s draftsmanship, prowess and vision. Myron deserves to be reconfirmed as a powerful influence in the art world. Roger has done an incredible job unraveling Myron’s artworks and he pieced the puzzle of Myron Barnstone’s genius beautifully.

~ Rebecca Burritt

I loved Roger’s lecture about De-Mystifying the Art of Myron Barnstone. I thought it was brilliant and it gave me a huge jolt of inspiration. I studied with Roger in the youth classes and then moved into the adult classes with Myron for a few years. It was fun being back in the classroom with them both on this occasion. I am looking forward to more lectures like that in the future.

~ Danny Muhr 

Saturday, June 24th
Approx 2.5 hour lecture; 7pm – 9:30 pm EST

$75 General Admission Zoom

$50 Alumni Admission Zoom

*Scholarships available on Zoom only – please inquire by email to

About Roger

Nurturing and building his student’s unique artistic voice from a strong mastery of the skills and techniques that are Western art’s legacy is Roger Brinker’s specialty. 

In fact, Brinker invented a new research concept modeled on the idea of an artistic genealogy: by tracing his own teachers’ artistic roots, he was able to chart a lineage that links his students and himself in a line that extends to the very beginnings of Western art. Brinker’s students can see how their training emanates in a direct line to artists such as Edgar Degas, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. A graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Brinker was associate and instructor in classical drawing and design at the Barnstone Studios, contributing as education advisor, writing design course workbooks, and developing the curriculum for the Foundation Drawing and Design program now offered virtually.

Saturday, June 24th

Lecture: 7pm - 9:30pm

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