Barbara Marks


I use color to create space. My paintings and drawings are rooted in observation—they are a visual journal of the situations in which I find myself, every day, no matter where I am. For my subject matter, I look to the ordinary and the local. My work lodges itself at the intersection of nature, culture, and place. What motivates me is my desire to re-present an ordinary moment—in a painting—by manipulating color, shape, and composition in such a way that the possibility of multiple interpretations (or reads) engages the viewer and invites closer investigation. The way I paint is driven by my interest in abstraction as economy of expression, and my fascination with the dual role that color can play as both content and structure in a painting.

Barbara Marks is a multidisciplinary artist based in Connecticut. Barbara has been a resident artist at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fowler Dune Shack (Cape Cod), MIRA (Martignano, Italy), Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (WY), Jentel Foundation (WY), and L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design. She has twice been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Barbara’s work has been shown at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (MA); Providence Art Club (RI); Painting Center, and First Street Gallery (NYC); Drawing Rooms (NJ); New Britain Museum of American Art; DaSilva Gallery, Silvermine Arts Center, Whitney Center, Serendipity Gallery, The Loft Gallery, Five Points Gallery, and The Chase Family Gallery (CT); and Artist-Run at Satellite (Miami). Barbara is an artist member of The Painting Center (NY); NY Artists Circle (NY); Westport Artists Collective (CT); and a Guild Artist at Silvermine Arts Center, (CT). Her work on paper is represented in the flatfile at Artspace New Haven. She is a Trustee of the Vermont Studio Center and a former board member of Artspace New Haven. Barbara received a BFA from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and an MFA from Brooklyn College (CUNY).

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