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Seraphin Gallery proudly presents its next exhibition, entitled, Chasing after Spirits, works from artist, Barbara Bullock. The artist’s reception will take place on Friday, April 5th from 6 – 8 PM.
Chasing after Spirits features new three-dimensional paintings spanning several different series of works, including the Katrina Series and the Journey Series. Bullock is interested in opening a dialogue about what is universally important and what impacts every person on a daily basis. Through these large pieces, she poses the question, “How did we depart from where we once were to where we are today?”
Bullock worked with children for years and was inspired by their vivid imagination and how it affects their direct response to life. While she focuses on conveying what she knows, she also loves mystery, as can be seen in a piece such as House Transitioning to Ancestor, (the image shown above), with its curvilinear forms which frame the bright accents of color against a black background.
Perhaps more important to Bullock than the questions her works pose is the actual process of painting. The textured layers of paint combine with the cut out shapes to create a cohesive combination that challenges the mind as well as the eye to search within themselves for meaning.
Bullock’s three-dimensional paintings come from a personal place. One example is Crow, which came into creation after roughly sixty crows took up residence just outside her apartment, leaving Bullock to wonder what the birds were trying to communicate? What message should she take away from this experience?
Barbara Bullock graduated from Fleisher Art Memorial in 1959. She has shown in many solo and group exhibitions, including the Afro American Historical & Cultural Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Woodmere Art Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, and New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture, and History. She has been the recipient of the Master Artists Award from the American Fine Art Society and has received the Fellowship Award from the Pew Fellowship in Arts. Bullock is part of the permanent collection at PAFA, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, and the Lewis Tanner Moore collection in Warrington, PA.