Barbara Greene Mann
Thomas Jefferson U, 1987, cert. of OT
M6e 4z9 Toronto
Biography for Barbara Mann 2017
Ms. Mann reports her switch from law to art occurred rather unexpectedly, at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, 1967. Standing in front of the painting, Sunflowers by Van Gogh, she felt a lightning bolt pierce her heart and soul. She knew she had been picked by the Master, himself. She had no choice.
She was attending the University of Michigan with a plan to enter law school after completing her undergraduate program. However, fate intervened when she saw a sign "Getting married- Cheap ticket to Europe."This opportunity was not to be missed, waitressing gave her enough money for a low budget trip and she was off. Standing in front of that Van Gogh piece she knew she had to go to art school. Although she had never drawn a picture before, she made a portfolio and was accepted.
Mann graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, her hometown in 1973 with an M.F.A.
In 2000 the spirit of Christmas found her in a terrible depression. She was Jewish and felt left out, never experiencing the joy people wore on their faces at this time of year.
But rather unexpectedly she felt as if someone had grabbed her by the hand and placed a brush in it. It was her Muse and her artistic dream had come true. But what took her so long?
Images were pouring out of her head onto paper. She rewrote life events that were bothersome and created new endings. proudly she said she had cured herself. She stated that she rarely looked back, only to see if there was anything she had missed. She painted Avatars to help others and Dreams of Peace were her gifts to the World.
She's a painter who tells stories and documents the world in which she lives. Politically, environmentally, planetary disasters make their way into her paintings. People, animals, all inhabitants sharing the planet fall into her realm, but she wants the audience to know her thoughts and humor,
Let's join her on the journey, and her artwork will show you her truth.
A Peculiar History of Detroit
by Peter O’Keefe, is a testimony that some Detroiters felt she made a difference, documenting places and events of the city. She states that she is the only artist who has more than one picture in the book. In fact all the art pictures are hers.
Mindset Photography Exhibition by Royal Bank 2017
Toronto, Workman Arts Being Seen, 2017
London, Ontario Beauty at the Fusion Gallery, April 2016
Toronto, Canada Tangled Festival, Historical Images, Solo Exhibit Feb. 2016
Munich, Germany, Durer Gallery, Two Women Show 2015
Detroit, MI. Retrospective 50 years away, Detroit Painter Returns, 2014
New York “Illegitimate and Hersterical”, A.I.R.Gallery,group, 2012
Luxembourg, Europe Culture Inside, Competition Winner, 2011
Toronto , Being Seen, Barwicki Gallery, Gladstone Hotel, 2012
TTC, Commuter Art , Toronto’s Subway, Art in Public Places, 2011
Nontraditional Portraits, Nuit Blanc, Propeller Gallery, 2111
Solo Exhibit AWOL Gallery, 2010
Who Dun’ It, benefit show, Ontario College of Art and Design, 2010
Ottawa, the Governor's Mansion, Fashion Couture 2014
Toronto Art Gallery of Ontario, Ten Artists design Runway Fashions, 2012
Free Times Cafe, August, September, October, November 2017 Toronto, music and poetry
Toronto, The Tranzac Club, 2016 Original songs, comedy, performance
Munich, Germany “The Purse heads, “song, poetry, 2015, a one woman show
Film Calargy Film Festival, Cans As Coffins, 8mm, 2009
Rendez-View with Madness, two 8mm films, They Got Me Now, Our Litle Love Nest 2011
Maria Schukar Library, 2017, Yorkdale Public Library 2015, Scarborough Library 2012