Artist Barbara Kemp Cowlin’s current series of abstract paintings is inspired by architectural details reduced down to essential shapes. The paintings emphasize ambiguous perspective, pattern and simultaneous contrast in colors. The relationship between abstraction and representation creates tension for the viewer. She manipulates the colors until they spark off each other and become luminous.
In addition to the Askew paintings, she works in three other series:
Painting Water—paintings inspired by the interactions of natural or man made objects and water
Nooks & Crannies—representational architectural paintings
Bloom—fanciful botanical paintings
All the series have in common the capture of shifts in light and shadow and the interplay of reflections and colors on natural and man-made surfaces.