Read my Artist Statement to understand my artistic intent; my Bio to learn about my life experience; and my Resume for details of my career.

Artist Statement

In my Askew paintings I address the dichotomy between reality and fantasy.

The paintings teeter between happiness and anxiety, investigating my longing for stability. Walls imply solidity. Corners suggest the uncertainty of the future. Opposites coexist: solidly colored shapes vs textured; hard edges vs ragged. Angles contrast accurate perspective with skewed perspective, highlighting inconsistencies that mirror the uncertainties of life and the relativity of time.

I observe the solid structures of the built environment. When the timing is just right, light hits solid surfaces, liquefying them and causing shadows to become luminous. These visual contradictions challenge reality.

All the while, the slipperiness of memory occupies my thoughts. A familiar street yields empty lots with no memory of what once was. I turn a corner and see an unfamiliar tall building. When did it appear? Disorientation makes me yearn for the familiar.

Indicating the flow of time as it warps, flips, and steadies, the paintings balance memory, time and contradictions. Yet in all, bright colors and fanciful patterns, the work shows that a sense of humor helps counteract the unpredictable nature of life.

In my Askew paintings I address the dichotomy between reality and fantasy.

The paintings teeter between happiness and anxiety, investigating my longing for stability. Walls imply solidity. Corners suggest the uncertainty of the future. Opposites coexist: solidly colored shapes vs textured; hard edges vs ragged. Angles contrast accurate perspective with skewed perspective, highlighting inconsistencies that mirror the uncertainties of life and the relativity of time.

I observe the solid structures of the built environment. When the timing is just right, light hits solid surfaces, liquefying them and causing shadows to become luminous. These visual contradictions challenge reality.

All the while, the slipperiness of memory occupies my thoughts. A familiar street yields empty lots with no memory of what once was. I turn a corner and see an unfamiliar tall building. When did it appear? Disorientation makes me yearn for the familiar.

Indicating the flow of time as it warps, flips, and steadies, the paintings balance memory, time and contradictions. Yet in all, bright colors and fanciful patterns, the work shows that a sense of humor helps counteract the unpredictable nature of life.

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BARBARA KEMP COWLIN

BARBARA KEMP COWLIN

Artist

Bio

I am painter working in Oracle, Arizona, a small berg between Phoenix and Tucson.  Acrylic is my medium.

I was born in Georgia and have lived on the west coast, east coast, in-between and in Germany and Australia. I have spent most of my adult life in the Southwestern United States. Art related work experiences have enriched my life and artwork including stints as a graphic designer, arts administrator and as an art teacher at all levels from elementary school through college.

I was honored to be awarded the 2019 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Artist Grant. Each year 12 artists worldwide receive this grant, which has been in existence since 1976.

Solo exhibits include the Eric Fischl Gallery, Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ, The Balcony at London Gold in Scottsdale, AZ, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, AZ; Powell Museum in Page, AZ;  Casa Grande Art Museum, Casa Grande, AZ, Blue Dome Gallery, Silver City, NM; Yuma Art Center, Yuma, AZ; Agua Caliente Ranch Park Gallery in Tucson,AZ; Willo North Gallery in Phoenix, AZ; and the @ Central Gallery, Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix, AZ.

In 2015 and 2016, my paintings were shown at Aqua Art, Art Basel, Miami, in the Projects Gallery Square Foot Exhibition. The Art in Embassies Program placed a painting at the Bolivian Embassy and I am in their artist directory. My work is curated into Art File, The Painting Center, NYC.

My work is included in the City of Phoenix Print Collection; the University of Arizona Special Collections; Providence Medical Center in Everett, Washington; Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio; First Bancorp Headquarters in Troy, North Carolina; Baylor University Medical Center, Houston, Texas; Edison & Sprinkles Architecture & Design, Vancouver, British Columbia, Grafix, Maple Heights, Ohio.

I earned a BFA in Printmaking and a Masters degree in Community College Education with a major in Printmaking from Northern Arizona University and have done post-graduate work at Arizona State University in letterpress printing & bookmaking. I am a certified Golden Artist Educator.

 

Bio

I am painter living in Oracle, Arizona, a small berg between Phoenix and Tucson.  Acrylic is my medium.

I was honored to be awarded the 2019 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Artist Grant. Each year 12 artists worldwide receive this grant, which has been in existence since 1976.

Solo exhibits include the Eric Fischl Gallery, Phoenix College, Phoenix, Arizona, The Balcony at London Gold in Scottsdale, Arizona, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, Arizona; Powell Museum in Page, Arizona;  Casa Grande Art Museum, Casa Grande, Arizona, Blue Dome Gallery, Silver City, New Mexico; Yuma Art Center, Arizona; Agua Caliente Ranch Park Gallery in Tucson; Willo North Gallery in Phoenix; and the @ Central Gallery, Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix.

In 2015 and 2016, my paintings were shown at Aqua Art, Art Basel, Miami, in the Projects Gallery Square Foot Exhibition. The Art in Embassies Program placed a painting at the Bolivian Embassy and I am in their artist directory.

My work is included in the City of Phoenix Print Collection; the University of Arizona Special Collections; Providence Medical Center in Everett, Washington; Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio; First Bancorp Headquarters in Troy, North Carolina; Baylor University Medical Center, Houston, Texas; Edison & Sprinkles Architecture & Design, Vancouver, British Columbia, Grafix, Maple Heights, Ohio

 

Resume

Solo Exhibitions
2019
It’s All Askew: Spatial Transformations, Eric Fischl Gallery, Phoenix College, Phoenix, Arizona
2018
Upstairs & Around the Corner, The Balcony at London Gold, Scottsdale, Arizona
Water, Flowers & Askew, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, Arizona
2017
Painting Water, Casa Grande Art Museum, Casa Grande, Arizona
Bloom, Pastiche, Tucson, Arizona
2016
Painting Water, Powell Museum, Page, Arizona
2015
Painting Water, Yuma Fine Art Center, Yuma, Arizona
Painting Water, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, Arizona
Painting Water, Blue Dome Gallery, Silver City, New Mexico
2013
Reflections in the Desert, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, Arizona
Reflections in the Desert, Agua Caliente Ranch House Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
2010
Nooks & Crannies, Willo North Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
2009
Nooks & Crannies, @Central Gallery, Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix, Arizona
1995
Southwestern Images, Downtown Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

Two Person Exhibitions
2019
Organically Askew, Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, Chandler, Arizona
2010
Nooks & Crannies, Lower Link Gallery, Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona
1996
The Southwest, The Land and the People, Casa Grande Art Museum, Casa Grande, Arizona
1985
Fascinated by People, Phoenix College Art Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021
Color Play, Garvey|Simon Projects, Artisan Lofts, Tribeca, NY
XSCAPES: Landscapes, Cityscapes and Mindscapes, FOUND:RE Contemporary Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
All Art Arizona 2021, Art Intersection, Gilbert, Arizona
Artlink 21st Annual Juried Exhibition, FOUND:RE Contemporary Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
One in a Year, The Painting Center, online, New York, New York
2020
Artists’ Breakfast Club, 20 Years, Scottsdale Arts, Civic Center Library Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
An Eye for Color, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, Arizona
SELECT 5, Garvey|Simon Gallery, online exhibition, New York, New York
Ensemble: Together Again, online exhibition, The Painting Center, New York City, New York
Provocation of Space, Light Art Space Gallery, Silver City, New Mexico
Artlink 20th Annual Juried Exhibition, Artlink Park Central, Phoenix, Arizona
2019
The Art of Water, Phoenix Airport Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
Power of Five Invitational, Five15Arts, Phoenix, Arizona
10x10x10 Tieton, Mighty Tieton Warehouse, Tieton, Washington
Arizona Aqueous, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, Arizona
The Art of Water, Phoenix Airport Museum, Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix, Arizona
Fantastical Botanicals, Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, Chandler, Arizona
2018
Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, Guest curated by Sharon Louden
All Art Arizona, Art Intersection, Gilbert, Arizona
ARIZONA Otherworldly, Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
2017
PaperWorks, Roche Gallery, Oro Valley, AZ
Flat Rate Box, Modified/Arts, Phoenix, Arizona
Square Foot #5, Projects Gallery, Aqua Art, Art Basel, Miami
Little by Little, Art Intersection, Gilbert, Arizona
Glow, Triangle L Adobe Gallery, Oracle, Arizona
All Art Arizona, Art Intersection, Gilbert, Arizona
Liquidity, Three Woman Exhibit, First Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
The Drawing Studio Faculty Retrospective, Mesch, Clark & Rothschild Law, Tucson, Arizona
2016
Square Foot #4, Projects Gallery, Aqua Art, Art Basel, Miami, Florida
Southwestern Invitational, Traveling Exhibition, Coconino Center for the Arts, Phoenix Airport Museum
Group Exhibition, Blue Dome Gallery, Silver City, New Mexico
Group Exhibition, Artifex Gallery, Troy, North Carolina
Group Exhibition, Feast, Tucson, Arizona
Art Un/dressed, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, Arizona
2015
Aqua Art, Art Basel, Miami, Projects Gallery Square Foot Exhibition
Small Wonders, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, Arizona
Southwestern Invitational, Traveling Exhibition, 6 Arizona locations
Monsoon Season, Raices Tallier Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
A Couple of Couples, Amity Foundation Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
2014
On the Road, Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
2013
Beautiful Brain Teasers, Yuma Fine Art Center, Yuma, Arizona
Paper: From All Sides, Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
2012
Art Oracle, Casa Grande Art Museum, Casa Grande, Arizona
2011
Poco por Poco, Raices Tallier Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Pattern and Rhythm, Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
2010
Small Works, Duley-Jones Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Four Seasons, Kachina Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
2008
Art in the Hospital, Pagosa Springs Art Center, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Borders, Fences and Gates, exhibition accompanying Between Fences, a
Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, Ajo, Arizona
“big ideas, SMALL FRAMES”, Dinnerware Art Space, Tucson, Arizona
2007
Rural Art Showcase, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Tucson, Arizona
2005
Group Exhibition, Gallery 465, Sedona, Arizona
2004
Group Exhibition, Gallery 465, Sedona, Arizona
2003
Faculty Exhibition, Hormel Arts Center, Phoenix, Arizona
1997
Art in Embassies Program, US Department of State, Bolivian Embassy
The Land, Arizona Gallery, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Outdoor Expressions, Sky Harbor International Airport Art Program, Phoenix, Arizona

Grants
2020 Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant
2019 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Individual Artist Support Grant
2018 Finalist, Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant
2015 Professional Development Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts
2014 Finalist, Gottlieb Foundation Individaul Support Grant
2006 Professional Development Grant, Phoenix Country Day School

Collections
Baylor University Medical Center, Houston, Texas
City of Phoenix Municipal Print Collection
University of Arizona Library Special Collections
Providence Medical Center, Everett, Washington
Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
First BanCorp Headquarters, Troy, North Carolina
Edison & Sprinkles Architecture & Design, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

Solo Exhibitions
2019
It’s All Askew: Spatial Transformations, Eric Fischl Gallery, Phoenix College, Phoenix, Arizona
2018
Upstairs & Around the Corner, The Balcony at London Gold, Scottsdale, Arizona
Water, Flowers & Askew, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, Arizona
2017
Painting Water, Casa Grande Art Museum, Casa Grande, Arizona
Bloom, Pastiche, Tucson, Arizona
2016
Painting Water, Powell Museum, Page, Arizona
2015
Painting Water, Yuma Fine Art Center, Yuma, Arizona
Painting Water, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, Arizona
Painting Water, Blue Dome Gallery, Silver City, New Mexico
2013
Reflections in the Desert, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, Oracle, Arizona
Reflections in the Desert, Agua Caliente Ranch House Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
2010
Nooks & Crannies, Willo North Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
2009
Nooks & Crannies, @Central Gallery, Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix, Arizona
1995
Southwestern Images, Downtown Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

Two Person Exhibitions
2019
Organically Askew, Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, Chandler, Arizona
2010
Nooks & Crannies, Lower Link Gallery, Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona
1996
The Southwest, The Land and the People, Casa Grande Art Museum, Casa Grande, Arizona
1985
Fascinated by People, Phoenix College Art Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

Grants
2020 Anonymous Was A Woman Emergency Relief Grant
2019 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Individual Artist Support Grant
2018 Finalist, Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant
2015 Professional Development Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts
2014 Finalist, Gottlieb Foundation Individaul Support Grant
2006 Professional Development Grant, Phoenix Country Day School