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Barbara Downs

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20150128074506-201323_thereverie_white
The Reverie, 2013 Acrylic/mixed-media on Unstretched Canvas (hung Directly on Wall With Nails Though Grommets) 106 X 68 X 1 Inches © 2013 Barbara Downs
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Haven (II), 2012 Acrylic/mixed Media on Unstretched Canvas, Hung With Grommets 72"x108" © 2012 Barbara Downs
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Balance, 2013 Acrylic/mixed-media on Unstretched Canvas (hung Directly on Wall With Nails Though Grommets) 101 X 71 X 1 Inches © 2013 Barbara Downs
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Brought Down, 2013 Acrylic/mixed-media on Unstretched Canvas (hung Directly on Wall With Nails Though Grommets) 107 X 70 X 1 Inches © 2013 Barbara Downs
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Inward, 2012 Acrylic/mixed-media on Unstretched Canvas (hung Directly on Wall With Nails Though Grommets) 70 X 116 X 1 Inches © 2012 Barbara Downs
20150128074545-201325_themuse_white
The Muse, 2013 Acrylic/mixed-media on Unstretched Canvas (hung Directly on Wall With Nails Though Grommets) 106 X 70 X 1 Inches © 2013 Barbara Downs
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Night and Day, 2012 Acrylic/mixed Media on Unstretched Canvas, Hung With Nails and Grommets 72 X 108 X 1 Inches © 2012 Barbara Downs
20150128005217-201208_protectionmode_white
Protection Mode, 2012 Acrylic/mixed-media on Unstretched Canvas (hung Directly on Wall With Nails Though Grommets) 106 X 71 X 1 Inches © 2012 Barbara Downs
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Falling and Fallen, 2012 Acrylic/mixed-media on Unstretched Canvas (hung Directly on Wall With Nails Though Grommets) 72 X 108 X 1 Inches © 2012 Barbara Downs
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Floating, 2012 Acrylic/mixed-media on Unstretched Canvas (hung Directly on Wall With Nails Though Grommets) 72 X 108 X 1 Inches © 2012 Barbara Downs
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Haven (I), 2012 Acrylic/mixed-media on Unstretched Canvas (hung Directly on Wall With Nails Though Grommets) 72 X 108 X 1 Inches © 2012 Barbara Downs
20150128074413-201214_heat_white
Heat, 2012 Acrylic/mixed-media on Unstretched Canvas (hung Directly on Wall With Nails Though Grommets) 71 X 105 X 1 Inches © 2012 Barbara Downs
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Iceland/Ísland (II), 2014 Encaustic/oil on Panel With Rust-patina Steel Frame 42 X 48 X 3 Inches © 2014 Barbara Downs
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Detail of: Iceland/Ísland (II), 2014 Encaustic/oil on Panel With Rust-patina Steel Frame 42 X 48 X 3 Inches © 2014 Barbara Downs
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Side-angle view of: Iceland/Ísland (II), 2014 Encaustic/oil on Panel With Rust-patina Steel Frame 42 X 48 X 3 Inches © 2014 Barbara Downs
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Fanning the Flames, 2011 Oil on Canvas 60"x40" © 2011 Barbara Downs
20120919070044-201116_theaftermath
The Aftermath, 2011 Oil on Canvas 60"x48" © 2011 Barbara Downs
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The Seamstress, 2011 Oil on Canvas 48"x60" © 2011 Barbara Downs
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Migration (II), 2011 Oil on Canvas 60" X 48" © 2011 Barbara Downs
20101010082242-201008_witnessandsaviour
Witness and Saviour, 2010 Oil on Canvas 48" X 60" © 2010 Barbara Downs
20101010085518-201010_thelasttogether
The Last Together, 2010 Oil on Canvas 40" X 48" © 2010 Barbara Downs
20101010080458-201002_waitingfortheothershoe
Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop, 2010 Oil on Canvas 40" X 48" © 2010 B.Downs
20101010081017-201004_aconversation
A Conversation, Of Sorts, 2010 Oil on Canvas 40" X 60" © 2010 B.Downs
20101010081608-201003_thevisiontest
The Vision Test, 2010 Oil on Canvas 60" X 40" © 2010 B.Downs
20120919070633-201107_interiorandinterior
Interior and Interior, 2011 Oil on Canvas 48"x40" © 2011 Barbara Downs
20120919070806-201004_aconversationofsorts
A Conversation, of Sorts, 2010 Oil on Canvas 40"x60" © 2010 Barbara Downs
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Repose (II), 2009 Oil on Canvas 28" X 26" © 2009 B.Downs
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After the Fall, 2010 Oil on Canvas 60" X 36" © 2010 B.Downs
20101010081927-201006_alookinthemirror
A Look in the Mirror, 2010 Oil on Canvas 60" X 48" © 2010 Barbara Downs
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Quick Facts
Lives in
Santa Cruz, CA
Works in
Santa Cruz, CA
Tags
paintings mixed-media, abstract, figurative, sculpture
Statement

I work in multiple mediums with little allegiance to specific subject matter, though my bodies of work are conceptually and aesthetically connected.  While disassembling and reorganizing the visual information and materials at hand, I investigate themes of containment, confinement, and the protective or aversive shielding of precious internal information.

A chair is reconfigured and articulated to slump forward on itself like an inwardly-curled figure in a painting.  An encaustic surface is subject to interrogation, much like a painting that retains the evidence of relentless reworking.  Active line in all mediums asserts the fundamental importance of drawing.  Working in one medium feeds the progression of ideas in another.

My work involves real and vigorous physical action: scraping, erasing, stitching, nailing, welding.  I often paint with large rollers for a broad mark, and then scrub and mar the surface.  This physicality brings out an “object-ness” in each piece.

I get a sense that this object, this painting or sculpture or drawing, is both familiar to me and unknowable at the same time.  It excites the periphery of my consciousness and oscillates in that place where logic, emotion and instinct collide.  This purposeful ambiguity invites the viewer to actively complete the piece by finding personal meaning in it.  —Barbara Downs

 

CV

Selected Exhibitions, Projects and Events

  • 12x12 (x12): An Open Invitational 2014, Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos CA, 2014
  • 2013 Painting Exhibition, Triton Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, 2013
  • Stars Auction and Exhibit, Live Auction, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA, 2013
  • Canvas for a Community, Feldner Project, Santa Cruz CA, 2013
  • A Figurative Affair 2013, R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, 2013
  • The Drawing Salon, Invitational, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, UCSC, Santa Cruz CA, 2013
  • Sleight of Hand, Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery, Watsonville CA, 2013
  • Monterey Bay: Land, Air & Sea, Invitational, Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery, Watsonville, CA, 2012
  • Wax: Contemporary Encaustic Works, Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery, Watsonville, CA, 2012
  • Solo Exhibition, Vinocruz, Santa Cruz, CA, 2012
  • A Figurative Affair, R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, 2012
  • Stars Auction and Exhibit, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA, 2011
  • Mix It Up!, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA, award, 2011
  • Summer Gallery Invitational, R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, 2011
  • Solo Show, Lulu’s at the Octagon, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA, 2011
  • EDGE: Art on the Westside, R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, 2011
  • Figuratively Speaking, Davenport Gallery, Davenport, CA, 2011
  • Stars Auction and Exhibit--Live Auction, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA, 2010
  • 2nd Annual Artists Look at Human Rights, Louden Nelson Community Center, Santa Cruz, CA, 2010
  • Search for Self, Monterey Peninsula College Gallery, Monterey, CA, 2010
  • Go Figure!, juried by George Rivera, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA, 2010
  • Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour, Santa Cruz, CA: 1988, 1989, 1991-1993, 2005-2010
  • Three Painters: Figure + Form, Michaelangelo Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, 2010
  • Los Pájaros, Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery, Watsonville, CA, 2010
  • California, juried by Ruth Braunstein and Shannon Trimble, Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA, 2010
  • Fur, Feathers & Fins, juried by Karen Kienzle, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, 2010
  • International Drawing & Sculpture Exhibit, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA, 2009, award
  • Artists Look at Human Rights, Louden Nelson Community Center, Santa Cruz, CA, 2009
  • Solo Show, Seabright Brewery, Santa Cruz, CA, 2009
  • Beasts on Broadway, juried by George Rivera, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA, 2009
  • Wide Open, Juried by Philip Linhares, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA, 2009
  • Figures and Faces, juried by George Rivera, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, 2009
  • Cabrillo Arts/Cabrillo Artists, Pajaro Valley Gallery, Watsonville, CA, 2009
  • Trimodia, MichaelAngelo Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, 2009
  • The Art of Healing, Mill Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, 2008
  • Los Gatos Art Association Annual Open Juried Show, juried by George Rivera, award, Art Museum of Los Gatos, CA, 2008
  • Art is Essential, Invitational, Gavilan College, Gilroy, CA, 2008
  • Solo Show, Seabright Brewery, Santa Cruz, CA, 2007
  • Wanderings, Pajaro Valley Gallery, Watsonville, CA, 2007
  • The Art of Painting, juried by George Rivera, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA, 2006
  • A Sense of Place, Pajaro Valley Gallery, Watsonville, CA, 2006
  • 76th Annual Statewide Exhibit, juried by Karen Kienzle, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA  2006
  • Two-Artist Show, Mudzimu Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, 1996
  • Poets and Painters, Invitational, Galleria Tonantzin, San Juan Batista, CA, 1995
  • Planet Earth: Artists and the Environment, Invitational, Pajaro Valley Gallery, Watsonville, CA, 1994
  • California Works,  juried by Inez Storer, award, California State Fair, Sacramento, CA, 1994
  • Chaminade Artists’ Series Quarterly Show, Chaminade Conference Center, Soquel, CA, 1994
  • Alumni Art Exhibition, juried by Rebecca M. Schapp, award, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA, 1993
  • Two-Artist Show, The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County Sales/Rental Gallery, 1993
  • Solo Show, Alumni Office/Carriage House, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA, 1988
  • Women Artists, Invitional, Porter College, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA, 1985
  • Women Printmakers, Invitational, Oakes College, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA, 1984
  • Solo Show, Merrill Lounge, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA, 1984
  • Stars Auction and Exhibit, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA, 2008, 2009

Selected Collections, Publications, Presentations

  • Porter Gulch Review, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, 2010
  • KSBW Mid-Day News Program, presentation of work as promotional piece for Santa Cruz County Open Studios, Salinas, CA  October 13, 1992
  • Special Collections, McHenry Library, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA, group portfolio purchase
  • S.A.P. America Corporation, Foster City, CA

Education

  • B.A., Studio Art, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA  1985
  • Undergraduate Studies, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA