Abstract artist Barbara Mink creates heavily layered artwork that is bold, textural and vigorously chromatic. Enjoy more of her art by visiting her website.
I’m the daughter of a painter from Buffalo, New York, but started my own artistic trajectory relatively late. Having moved to Ithaca in the mid 1970’s I worked in television commercials, theater, journalism and politics. I produced a festival of science and art, as well as taught Management Communication at Cornell University.
In January, 1998, I woke up with an unquenchable need to paint. After ruining a pad of watercolor paper trying to make what I saw in my mind’s eye, I took a class in botanical illustration, then a technique class in oils, and painted every day, learning through trial and error.
To prove to myself that I could render, I went through phases of flowers, fish, figures and fruit. Then I moved to landscapes, cloudscapes and seascapes until the horizon line disappeared, and I was comfortably at home in abstraction.
From watercolors to oils to acrylics and inks, I’ve found the process an integral part of a continuing search for beauty and psychological depth in art.
I tend to go between muscular, vigorously chromatic, and heavily layered paintings to more spare, muted, and geometric work. I think scale has as much to do with the power of the image to enter the imagination, as it does with physical dimensions.
I enjoy working on five by five boards as much as seven-foot long canvases.
My current inspiration is creating and “sculpting” with acrylic skins, on canvases washed with ink.
This process adds a lot of interesting texture and three-dimensionality without the heaviness of impasto. Juxtaposing the large with the small, line with color and intuitive with cerebral, I try to construct a new world that’s both inventive and playful, but always purposeful.
My work can be found all over the United States and in Israel, France and Denmark.