Austin artist Lu Ann Barrow paints the joys and journeys of life with a folkloric style of pointillism. She celebrates everyday life with a light-hearted attitude through her focus on themes of rural Texas life, Biblical stories, and her travels to Egypt and Turkey.
Dana Friis-Hansen, Director of the Austin Museum of Art, wrote in the 2006 Lu Ann Barrow catalogue:
Lu Ann Barrow is a true Texas treasure, a gifted painter and keen observer of not only local lifestyles, but of humanity around the globe. Barrow has an uncanny sense for mixing the gravity of life’s blessings with a “lightness of being” that connects everyday pleasures with the great secular and religious lessons of life. Her painting style is deceptively simple, yet each canvas rewards serious looking, both for her deft use of color and pattern, as well as the way the content is carried by evocative scenes. Barrow’s compositions appear to be embroidered as she renders every detail with precise dots and refined strokes of paint. Her visual parables are full of intricate patterns and lively colors that play off one another and invite the viewer to become involved and narrate their own story of what is happening in the lives of these
painted characters. Of her paintings, Barrow says:
They reflect the bits and pieces, patterns and flow of my life and what I observe of the people and situations around me. The results are often allegorical and nostalgic. Many times they reveal things in the end that I was not aware of when I first conceived the idea.
Lu Ann Barrow was born in Rosenberg, Texas, in 1934, and studied with William Lester and Dan Wingren while earning her BFA at the University of Texas, Austin. She has regularly exhibited in Austin and Dallas since 1959, and was recognized with a traveling retrospective exhibition and catalogue in 2006. Her work was selected to represent the Texas Book Festival in 1999 and the National Book Festival in 2001. Barrow has been represented by Valley House Gallery since 1993 where she has had 5 solo exhibitions.
This exhibition is presented by the Fort Worth Community Arts Center and was organized in collaboration with Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden.
About Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden: Founded in 1954, Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden is Texas’ most enduring fine art gallery. The Modernist-style gallery, along with the 4+ acre sculpture garden, is located in its original North Dallas location. Valley House Gallery represents established and emerging contemporary artists working in traditional media, deals in important American and European art, and specializes in reintroducing significant Early Texas art. In addition to presenting exhibitions in the gallery and throughout the sculpture garden, Valley House Gallery publishes scholarly catalogues, participates in national art fairs, and assists museums in curating exhibitions. In 1964, Valley House Gallery was the first gallery in Texas invited to join the prestigious ADAA (Art Dealers Association of America.) The gallery is also a founding member of both DADA (Dallas Art Dealers Association) and CADD (Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas.) Second generation owners Cheryl and Kevin Vogel invite visitors to enjoy a unique art and garden experience.