Barbara Marks is a multidisciplinary artist based in Connecticut. She is known for her small-scale, square, colorful, paintings that are semi-abstract in nature—suggesting interior spaces, landscapes, and objects. Her work calls attention to the commonplace and the local.
“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 encourages closer investigation. The way I paint is driven by my interest in abstraction as economy of expression, and by my fascination with the dual role that color can play both as content and as structure in a painting.”
A child of the sixties, Marks fell into graphic design and established her own studio specializing in book design. In 2001, she left that behind to study painting at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (BFA 2005), and Brooklyn College CUNY (MFA 2008). Marks has been awarded artist residencies in Italy, France, and across the U.S. and has shown her work throughout the Northeast.