Barnaby Conrad III

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Barnaby Conrad III
Barnaby Conrad III and trout painting.jpg
Barnaby Conrad III, with his painting of leaping trout, in 2009.
Born 1952
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Spouse(s) Martha Sutherland

Barnaby Conrad III (born 1952) is an American author, artist, and editor.

Early years[edit]

Conrad was born in San Francisco in 1952, the son of author Barnaby Conrad, Jr and architect Dale (Cowgill) Crichton.[1] His father was an amateur bullfighter, and published the bestselling book Matador the same year that Conrad III was born. It is said that Conrad III barely escaped being named after his father's friend Juan Belmonte.[2]


Conrad graduated from the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, then studied painting and illustration at Yale University, under Lester Johnson and Maurice Sendak.[1][2]

Early career[edit]

After graduating Yale with a B.A. in Fine Arts in 1975, Conrad worked as a journalist and magazine editor. His first published story was about his experiences running with the bulls in Pamplona, which he sold to the San Francisco Examiner for $100.[2] Much of his work was for art magazines: he was one of the founding editors of Art World in the 1970s, and a senior editor of Horizon from 1979-80.[1] In 1982, Conrad moved to Paris and became an adventure travel writer. He wrote articles about riding trains across India, skiing in the Alps, and hot air ballooning over Germany, for magazines such as Condé Nast Traveler, and Forbes Life, for which he served as editor-at-large.[1][3]

Book author[edit]

Conrad's first book credit was as an illustrator of his father's children's book, Zorro - A Fox in the City, in 1971. He co-authored a book of interviews with photographers in 1977, then didn't write any more books until Absinthe: History In a Bottle, in 1988, his first book as a solo author.[1] As of 2011, Conrad has authored over 11 non-fiction books, and hundreds of magazine articles for over 30 publications.[4][5] The Martini: An Illustrated History of an American Classic (1995) has sold over 160,000 hardcover copies.[6] He has taught other aspiring authors at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, which was founded by his father.[4]


In 2009, Conrad joined independent book publisher Council Oak Books, where he founded a new imprint, "Kanbar & Conrad Books", with inventor-philanthropist Maurice Kanbar. The inaugural book of the imprint was The Second Life of John Wilkes Booth, by Conrad's father, Barnaby Conrad.[3][7]


Conrad with crab painting in 2009

Though Conrad painted throughout his career, he didn't return to showing his works professionally until later in life. He exhibited in 20 group shows in San Francisco, and held his first solo show in New York City, in 2009, at his wife's gallery, M. Sutherland Fine Arts. It focused on aquatic animals from his hobby, fly fishing.[1][6]

Personal life[edit]

Conrad holding his infant son, Jack, in 2010

Conrad married art gallery owner Martha Sutherland on May 24, 2003.[8][9]



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Barnaby Conrad III: LIFE AQUATIC, Nov 19, 2009 - Jan 16, 2010", artnet; retrieved 2011-09-14.
  2. ^ a b c Philip G. Howlett,"Letter From The Publisher", Sports Illustrated, July 6, 1981; retrieved 2011-09-14.
  3. ^ a b "Kanbar & Conrad Books", Council Oak Books; retrieved 2011-09-14.
  4. ^ a b "Staff: Barnaby Conrad III", Barnaby Conrad III, Santa Barbara Writers Conference, June 18–23, 2011; retrieved 2011-09-14.
  5. ^ "The San Franciscans: Barnaby Conrad III", Hank Donat, MisterSF, 2011; retrieved 2011-09-14.
  6. ^ a b "Artist Unbound", by Richard Polsky, Artnet Magazine, November 24, 2009; retrieved 2011-09-14.
  7. ^ "After 60 Years, a Promise Kept to Sinclair Lewis", Adam Nagourney, January 26, 2011, New York Times; retrieved 2011-09-14.
  8. ^ "Designing Herreras together again, for the first time", Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, June 04, 2003; retrieved 2011-09-14.
  9. ^ "Birthday Bash(ford)", San Francisco, July 2003; retrieved 2011-09-14.