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Barbara Gothard

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Website

Schools
Michigan State University, Ph.D.
Long Island University, MFA
Mount Mary College, BA

Tags
surrealism

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

An investigation of contradictions creates the basis of my paintings - complex, mystical realism.

Focused on expansion: Expansion of space within the canvas.  Expansion of principles guiding my creative process.  Expansion of my color palette.  Encouraging viewers to be challenged by the reality they see, or think they see.

Determination in a world of challenges: Expansion resulting from life-altering situations, blank canvases challenge me with a combination of urgency, courage and excitement. The result: complex paintings investigating and contrasting realism-versus-surrealism, organic juxtaposed with abstract visual concepts. Themes include dream-like metaphors of hurdles, which convey the painting’s’ “story” of introspection, reflection and hope, on the part of artist and viewer. 

Shaping my oeuvre: Expanding on my historical influencers: Hieronymus Bosch - “his use of fantastic imagery and placement”, the Dutch Masters and Vermeer in particular -”...his masterly treatment and use of light”, Gustav Klimt - “elegant and decorative elements”, Georgia O’Keeffe - “contoured forms that are replete with subtle transitions of varying colors”, and Magritte - “his ability to place ordinary objects in unfamiliar spaces…”, my inner vision as an artist is set against this backdrop.

Recent Exhibits

Barbara Gothard participated in these exhibits:

May, 2016 MAYBE
Joshua Tree Art Gallery
 
Mar, 2016 Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley
University of California Riverside - Palm Desert
 
Dec, 2015 Un Siel Grain de Riz 2015 / A Single Grain of Rice 2015
Galerie Métanöia
 
Mar, 2015 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Jorge Mendez Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
 
Feb, 2015 INVENTION, REINVENTION
Copper Mountain College
 
Feb, 2015 Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
 
Click here to see all exhibits for Barbara Gothard
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