Bright Corners, 2001

Bright Corners, 2001
oil on canvas
72 × 63 inches

 Barbara Vos: Recent Paintings

San Francisco painter Barbara Vos opens an exhibition of new work at Brian Gross Fine Art on Thursday, January 31, with a reception for the artist from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. In her most recent series of paintings, Vos applies her expressionistic style of abstract painting to convey both lightness and an intensity of movement. Using a new palette of richly saturated color and bold contrasts, Vos presents interwoven compositions replete with lyricism and mood.

Vos complicates space through isolated sections of painted color. Paint layers create pictorial space like a palimpsest, where there is the laden density of additive paint and a sheerness created by breathy, gestural brushstrokes. The paintings dynamically oscillate between tension and balance. Viewed as a series, the paintings reveal a startling range of expressive meaning.

A native of New York City, Barbara Vos is primarily a self-taught painter. She pursued drawing at the Art Students League, NYC, commercial art at the Minneapolis School of Art, and undergraduate work at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Vos was a 1996 recipient of of a WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship for Visual Art in Painting and she participated in the Djerassi Artist in Residence Program, Woodside, CA in 1994. This is her sixth solo exhibition with Brian Gross Fine Art. The show continues through March 2, 2002.