Larry and I went to the opening of John Barradas’ show. At 95 he is still actively painting. We only could stay a little while but I was sure to tell everyone that he is my new boyfriend. His daughter told me that he has been raving about my work! So John and I have a Mutual Admiration Society going on.
“I still get excited about painting, and I still get inspiration,” said Barradas. “As long as you feel good, you know. Painting is what keeps me going.”
Barradas is bringing some of his finest paintings of scenes from Taunton. He is known for attention to detail, having owned a sign making company for decades.
In 1999, Barradas created two works of folk art that captured the essence of bustling community atmospheres in Taunton.
He painted an 8-by-22 foot mural of the Polish Picnic, a colorful festival that had been a tradition in Taunton, with games, pierogies and dancing at Holy Rosary Church. Most of the dozens of people depicted in the mural were actual members of the church, sort of Rockwell-esque.
He also painted 10-by-35 foot mural depicting an early 20th century scene of the Weir village on the side of a building in the center of the neighborhood.
You can read more in the Taunton Gazette.