The Ephemeral Figure
June 3 - 29, 2016
Reception: June 3, 2016; 6 - 9pm
My work is an ongoing reflection on people and their emotions. Working predominantly in painting mediums, I relish the challenge of realistic portraiture, and my subject matter reflects my love for figurative work. I try to push beyond realism, as well, to capture resonant moments in time. My work pursues figures from the past with their moods and their contexts. Ephemeral figures themselves do not last, but they are often powerful enough to make lasting impressions that shape us in some way. My goal is to share my passion for understanding these figures and their ephemerality. – Barbara Hack
Barbara received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting after intensive study in Europe and additional training in New York. Since then, she has continued to harness her artistic talents to drive her professional career. Work in portraiture, fashion illustration, and as a courtroom artist have all allowed Barbara to challenge herself with alternative contexts for figurative artistry, and in a variety of mediums, including graphite, acrylic and oils. She and her husband, Greg, are proud parents of two daughters, Madison and Whitney. Barbara teaches studio artist’s classes to tweens, teens and adults where her love of art and her desire to create quality art for herself is a wonderful influence on her students.
Dreaming in Color
Dreaming in Color is a compilation of various works that I have created to show the ideas that usually come to me at about three in the morning.
My desire is to create a painting that gives the feeling of space along with vibrant colors and textures. The subject matter comes from things I find interesting. The painting “Autumn Textures” started from a walk in the park. Some bright red and orange Virginia Creepers were climbing up the side of oaks. The oaks were dark green and browns which made the magnificent colors of the Creeper even more amazing. This image stayed with me and entered my early morning dreams and finally my art.
Adding texture in my work came from experience working with plastering ceilings one summer. The fascinating textures and shapes that appeared randomly were like images that appear in our dreams. Later in my art I realized that adding this random texture would create new dimensions to my work. My goal is not to create a sculptural effect by following the form of something but rather to add interesting textures that belong.
When I create an abstraction of something such as “Texas Bouquet”, my latest piece in the exhibit , I want to give just enough information that it is clear what it is but not enough definition that it is appears as a bad attempt at realism. I want to retain dreaminess to the piece. I strive to create art work that feels like something. – Anita Robbins