Featured Artist Barbara Mink

Abstract artist Barbara Mink creates heavily layered artwork that is bold, textural and vigorously chromatic. Enjoy more of her art by visiting her website.

 

“Blackstar” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 48” x 72” by artist Barbara Mink. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Blackstar” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 48” x 72”

 

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.

 

“Carry Your Heart” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 24” x 24” by artist Barbara Mink. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Carry Your Heart” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 24” x 24”

 

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.

 

“Fall to Earth” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 48” x 60” by artist Barbara Mink. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Fall to Earth” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 48” x 60”

 

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.

 

“Happiness” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 24” x 24” by artist Barbara Mink. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Happiness” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 24” x 24”

 

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.

 

“In the Distance” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 48” x 60” by artist Barbara Mink. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“In the Distance” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 48” x 60”

 

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.

 

“Splurge” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 30” x 30” by artist Barbara Mink. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Splurge” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 30” x 30”

 

I enjoy working on five by five boards as much as seven-foot long canvases.

 

Artist Barbara Mink in her studio. See artist Barbara Mink's portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Barbara Mink in her studio.

 

My current inspiration is creating and “sculpting” with acrylic skins, on canvases washed with ink.

 

“Rainier” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 48” x 48” by artist Barbara Mink. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Rainier” Ink and Acrylic Skins, 48” x 48”

 

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.

 

“Stardust” Ink, Acrylic and Acrylic Skins, 55” x 55” by artist Barbara Mink. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Stardust” Ink, Acrylic and Acrylic Skins, 55” x 55”

 

My work can be found all over the United States and in Israel, France and Denmark.

 

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