Barsky Gallery is proud to showcase many talented contemporary artists, some of which are spotlighted below. Watch for inspiring group and feature exhibitions that are held at the gallery year-round, or drop by during open-hours where there is always a great selection of contemporary art on display.
We also have access to a multitude of artists outside our immediate gallery representation. Since some inventory is stored off-site, appointments allow us the time to move artworks from our inventory facility or artist's studios to the gallery in time for your arrival.
“A journey for the eyes and mind.” That is how Oklahoma native, Mark Yearwood hopes viewers perceive his structural acrylic paintings. How this descendent of red-dirt farmers has moved from graphic design to a quickly rising fine artist makes an interesting tale. Yearwood worked for over 27 years in graphic design, along the way doing a few art projects, three-dimensional pieces, from his own shop materials. He has always loved to work with his hands, having started helping on his grandfather’s farm when he was only ten years old. Now at 49, he is taking the principles of his hands-on design work—layout, contrast, color and design balance—and applying them to fine art. In the last five years he has been doing a re-design on himself, his life, and professional direction. Yearwood’s fine art is all about line and form, a little geometry, Architectural aspects, and organic design. He has been influenced along the way by native american art and culture, the work of Frank Lloyd wright, and the quality of the work of contemporary Santa Fe artists. Previously the artist always had to suit his sign and graphic design customers and abide by the images they had in mind. Now he wants to work for himself, following his own inspiration in its purest form. What is inside is being released in the abstract form; it is not representational, allowing for a co-creation of meaning between artist and viewer. His goals: to make better and better art, to explore, to evolve, not to be stale nor easily pigeonholed. Yearwood is currently known for the interesting texture of his work, one piece even containing parts of a salvaged cello. When asked if he would move eventually toward more representational work, yearwood responded,” i have thought about adding a figure or a face to the abstract projects, but I will never be a hard realist. Some of my pieces do have a hint of a landscape.” He added,” my desire, though, is to stimulate art viewers to explore their own interpretation of my work.” He mused,” when they connect with the art, I’ve succeeded. This is a process balanced between the artist’s creative desire and the interpretive acts of viewers. Art is ultimately about that human connection.”
HANGING BY A MOMENT
48" x 48"
36" x 36"
Fire & Rain
36" x 48"
Hold On Loosely
40" x 40"
24" x 24"
Fabrice Silly is a (mostly) black and white landscape and waterscape photographer from France that seems to have mastered the art of incorporating elements, both of time and space, within his photographs. Playing very much with negative space and long exposures, Fabrice creates incredible images full of contrast that are sure to catch the eye of anyone browsing the numerous photography forums and websites he has been featured in.
Removing urban buildings around well-known landmarks, some of his photos seem to embody a very post-apocalyptic feel to them. Others, on the other hand, portray hundreds of people scrambling all over the place to and from work, beautifully symbolizing what chaotic city life is like in the modern world.
Contemporary painter Hans Petersen’s compositions are explorations vibrantly stimulating perception through line, color and form. His adept skills as a colorist and his design qualifications allow Mr. Petersen to reduce formal characteristics to geometric simplicity, expressing representation through the juxtaposition of variegated lines and multifaceted color.
Hans is an award winning international artist, who trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen. Inspired by the CoBrA movement, he imbues his art with dynamic energy, stating, “Paintings with impact bring me pleasure. I strive to infuse a distinctive energy and character into my work to achieve excitement for myself and for others. If it goes unnoticed, it simply wasn’t worth (while) painting.” To this day his work draws on its principals of complete freedom in color and form. Hans enjoyed a successful career as a graphic designer. His work brought him to the USA; first to New York City as creative director and partner in a design firm, later to Charlotte, NC, where he created marketing materials for the American Furniture Industry. In 2005, Hans picked up his brushes again as a full time painter, yet his graphic design background still forms the visual logic and bold compositional sense of his vibrant large scale canvases. You can see how he transforms the environment into patterns and textures that seem to dance on the canvas. In 2011, Hans was named a Top 50 Emerging Artist by Art Business News.
Jorge Caligiuri’s new works are a series of frescoes and encaustic medium, where the primary intention of this body of non-objective works is to create a simple visual experience working with ordinary elements that deal with surface repetition and division. The tension between simple elements in a precarious balance creates a powerful sense of movement from the depth to the surface. The paintings seem to expand and contract, exploding beyond the limits of the space. Jorge brings to the viewer the organic and earthy side of human-made pieces, and his works are completely fashioned from plaster and paint. His lifelong theme is the interplay between what nature has created, and what man creates in organic environments. Likewise, Caligiuri’s art elements are not only a medium of communication, but are also an external expression of temperament. His paintings reflect a bold struggle with reality, as they try to escape the picture. Through the potent mixture of colors, geometrical patterns and shapes, we see an artist searching for a world of freedom beyond borders.
Born Johannesburg, South Africa 1975. The son of trombonist Robert Clyde Gillespie, Kevin has always leaned towards the creative arts. Displaying a talent in drawing and painting. After completing his academic studies, Kevin decided to refine his talents formally, graduating college with the "Excellence in Drawing and Painting Award". Having traveled and exhibited in South Africa, Kevin felt a growing need to discover his heritage and explore his cultural roots. This prompted him to move to NYC in 2000. Kevin has established a studio in the heart of the creative hub, Brooklyn where he continues to live and work.
US / Moscow
Victoria Young Jamieson
Victoria Young Jamieson's abstracted, multi-layered studies in oil, acrylic and watercolour are evocative of the vibrant land and seascapes which inspire her. Young Jameison’s bold canvases and works on paper recount explorations around the rugged coast of Cornwall, the rolling moorlands of Scotland and the hot deserts of the USA. Travel plays a key role in Young Jamieson’s practice and her art work is a visual journal of these experiences.
Her work is featured in a number of prominent art collections and private homes around the world.
All of my works are about light, in all its valences: as the specific light which is color; as the most humanly perceivable form of pure energy which allows us sight; and as the great spiritual metaphor.
My formalistic concerns are mark and color over a strong albeit sometimes elusive substructure. I paint on transparent Acrylite® layers to mimic the way adults see and to call their attention to that seeing which is through their cultural programming and life experiences.
The works are light interactive, and change with the ambient light and the viewers position.