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Musician, 2017

Painting

Acrylic on panel

24.00 x 36.00 x 1.50 in

61.0 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm

Unique Work

This work is signed by te artist on the reverse. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

$15,000 - $20,000
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About The Work

Frances Barth's accomplished paintings are wholly individualistic and other than to say they are "radical abstractions" (Karen Wilkin), they are eccentric enough to elude classification. Barth refers to aspects of her work as a combination of comic restraint and purist abstraction. Combining contradictory elements of local color with abstract color, vocabularies of both painting and drawing, disorienting spatial relationships, Barth creates works that are as provocatively ambiguous as they are soothingly beautiful. In her desire to "tell stories without words" Barth implies narratives and geographies in a realm between landscape, mapping and abstraction. The narratives in the paintings are stories taking place over a period of geological time, with references both topographic and tectonic, alluding to simultaneous multiple histories. The light that Barth creates within her paintings is a spell-binding presence that shifts the picture plane into a deep dimensional space at the same time that her compositional shifts in scale destabilize. Speaking on her use of color the artist refers to her desire to create "big areas of ungracious color - chemical color that doesn't exist in nature - to open up like the sky but not be sky."

"... it's not an overstatement to say that they (Barth's paintings) suggest new possibilities for what abstract painting can encompass in the first part of the 21st century."

-  Karen Wilkin, "Frances Barth" (catalog) 2008, Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

Courtesy SILAS VON MORISSE GALLERY

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