Barbara Bartholomew

Paintings by Barbara Bartholomew

Integration, understanding, the Middle Way. Every moment is an opportunity to create.

Contrast and juxtaposition characterize the abstract work of Barbara Bartholomew. In paintings that are predominantly black and white, Bartholomew incorporates philosophical dialogues and artistic traditions from varied times and places to articulate balance created by contrasting elements. Traditional Chinese art dependent on the calligraphic line is combined with the forceful brushwork of Abstract Expressionism, while Taoist Mysticism is considered alongside Emersonian Transcendentalism. These sources of inspiration have contributed to the creation of images that are dense and richly painted in oil with curving brushstrokes, thick impasto and moody overtones.

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