Barry Grose

FROM LANDSCAPES, FLOWERS, SEMI-ABSTRACTS, AND PORTRAITS, HIS WORK BRIDGES THE SPECTRUM OF HUMAN EMOTION AND SENSES, AND THEIR OFTEN AMBIGUOUS SUM TOTAL.

I AM INTERESTED IN THE DUALITIES OF EXPERIENCE AND THE DYNAMICS OF UNCERTAINTY, INCLUDING FINDING HAPPINESS THROUGH SADNESS, WARMTH WHEN COLD, AND LIGHT AMID DARKNESS. SUCH JUXTAPOSITIONS CREATE AN EMOTIONAL NARRATIVE OF LINGERING AMBIGUITY THROUGH ALL OF MY WORK. AMONG MY ARTISTIC INFLUENCES ARE GEORGIA O’KEEFFE, ROTHKO, WARHOL AND CRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE. YET MY WORK IS AS MUCH INFLUENCED BY ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN AND FASHION AS IT IS BY MORE TRADITIONAL PAINTERLY MOTIVATORS. MASTERS SUCH AS CHARLES AND RAY EAMES, JOHN LAUTNER, AND FILE SET DESIGNER KEN ADAM HAVE ALL SHAPED ME.

WHILE LARGELY A SELF-TAUGHT PAINTER, HE STUDIED BRIEFLY AT THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, AND ALSO HOLDS A MASTER’S DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO AND A BACHELOR’S DEGREE FROM THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK.

ORIGINALLY FROM NEW YORK, HE TRAVELS EXTENSIVELY TO PROMOTE HIS WORK AND SPENDS THE MAJORITY OF HIS CREATIVE STUDIO TIME IN HIS ATELIER IN UPSTATE NEW YORK