Ink, Graphite on Paper
34 x 26 in
86 x 66 cm
Black Wood Frame
Artspace Warehouse (Los Angeles)
Barbara Kolo’s one-of-a-kind painting consists of a collection of dots and lines, carefully placed with silver ink on paper. By applying hundreds of small, distinct dots of ink in a pattern to form the image of a unique shape, Kolo relies on the eye and mind of the viewer to blend the dots and lines into a full picture.
Kolo created this black and silver ink painting on archival paper to capture a unique shape with a balanced subtlety. It is signed by the artist on the front, lower right corner. It is framed in a black modern frame. The framed size is 34 inch tall and 26 inch wide. It is wired and ready to hang. Convenient local Los Angeles area delivery. Affordable US and worldwide shipping. A certificate of authenticity is included.
Barbara Kolo was born and educated in New York. After she developed an appreciation for art from an early age, her interest in drawing and painting led her to attend the High School of Art and Design, followed by the School of Visual Arts. She received her BFA from SVA in 1981. During the 1980's, Barbara built a career as an award-winning art director in creative advertising for films and television. It was this career that brought her to Los Angeles in 1989.
During the early '90's, Kolo followed the urge to develop her own personal artistic voice and began to create her own works. Her drawings were soon being included in local and national group shows.
Barbara moved with her husband to Paris, France in 2000, for a two-year stay. She rented an art studio by La Bastille, and participated in "Genie de la Bastille" an event similar to the Venice Art Walk in California. Her paintings were part of several group exhibitions including one at the Palais des Art in Marseilles. The couple returned to Santa Monica in 2003 after a short stay on the East coast.
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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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