The quiet stillness of Barbara Kolo’s work evokes a time of reflection. Inspired by natural forms and influenced by Impressionist, Aboriginal, and Asian art, she has developed a meditative visual language using the simplicity of dots, lines, and circles. Her paintings grow organically, with any resulting symmetry and order happening in the moment. In her “Obsession Series,” she repeatedly hand stamps ink or acrylic paint circles with different degrees of pressure, creating imperfections and variations that expose the artist’s hand. Each dot or circle is then counted with tally marks that become an integral part of the image. The total tally is the title of the work, and reflects the name of the series. On first sight, viewers are excited by the dizzying array of dots and then abruptly, the stillness of her work takes hold.
Barbara Kolo was born and educated in New York. Having developed an appreciation for art from an early age, her interest in drawing and painting lead her to attend the High School of Art and Design, followed by the School of Visual Arts.
Kolo’s work is held in public and private collections in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Taiwan, Australia, and the U.A.E.
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