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.”
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.
Artist Roman Lystvak was born in Ukraine in 1975. He received his MFA from Washington State University, WA, USA (Painting ) in 2007 and studied at the Lviv Academy of Art , Lviv, Ukraine (Monumental and Decorative Painting ) from 1992 – 2000. Roman Lystvak is a successful freelance Scenic Artist for TV, Motion Picture and Theater industry in New York.
These ambitious paintings are the result of an intensive period of making - focussing on accumulated memories, references and sketches made during a two month expedition to the West Coast of America. In this series, Young Jamieson is deliberately transferring her gaze away from the sea (a consistent and engrained source of inspiration and energy) to focus on a very different set of perspectives as she recalls the blue skies and arid heat of the American Mid-West and the breathtaking mountains, creeks and canyons of Americas finest National Parks. Vivid, earthy colours and solid, rocky skylines reveal an intense connection to these newly observed terrains and they have clearly provided a wealth of visual stimuli for an artist who consciously connects so deeply with her environmental surroundings. Young Jamieson’s paintings are an intimate journal, redolent of poignant experiences in spectacular places.
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.
Margherita Martinelli was born in Crema (Cremona) in 1981. She graduated summa cum laude at the Fine Arts Academy of Brera in Milan. She carried on her artistic education in Tokyo, where she became enthralled by the culture and traditional ancient techniques of Japanese painting. Japan has always been one of her favourite places from which she takes inspiration.
In 2007 she was a finalist of National Award Donato Frisia; in 2009 she won the Audience Award Patrizia Barlettani at San Lorenzo Gallery in Milan. In 2011 she was a finalist of Ciaccio Broker Award for Italian young painting at ArtVerona. Since 2011 she is one of the artists of Barsky Gallery located in the tri-state New York area. With them she took part in several art fairs in U.S.A. (Aaf New York, Market Art & Design Hamptons). In 2013 Lorella Giudici invited her to take part in Brain Art Project, in Vercelli. In 2015 she created an installation in Raumen Museum in Shin-Yokoama, Tokyo, for CasaLuca Milan Project. Currently her works are treated and displayed by Zaion Gallery, Ghiggini gallery and Palmieri Gallery. Margherita currently lives and works in Milan.
Artist Nika Winner works and lives in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she is a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. She graduated from the Kyiv State Institute of Applied Arts and Design in 1997. Her artwork can be found in private collections in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Kuwait, Russia, and Ukraine.
In both her paintings and her life, Winner continually strives to always do her best. Using her artist’s eye, she tries to find something both wonderful and unbelievable in everything she sees. She creatively combines free sensual expression and holistic structure in her artwork and wants people to have an emotional response to viewing her paintings.
Winner uses her own technique that can be called “volumetric painting.” Her work plays with texture, both in the natural patterns she portrays and her process of using thick layers of paint. Due to this layering, her paintings have a sculptural element and are best viewed in person.
Winner’s choice to use strong and vibrant colors makes her pieces technically innovative and unique. She often layers bold colors on top of one another, without any concern for viewer distraction. This ultimately results in dynamic pieces that offer viewers the opportunity to find and experience new “moments” each time they view her paintings.
Karlee Mariel is an award winning national and internationally recognized contemporary artist. Her creative techniques span a range of artistic mediums and explore experimental techniques both in painting and sculpture. Her unconventional approach to creating artwork mirrors her curiosity towards Nature, which often results in extraordinary movements that reveal themselves similar to patterns and forces found in the landscape of the natural world.
Her most recent body of work explores the observations of the dynamic beauty in the repeating, rhythmic patterns of form, motion and light present across our environment, found in the smallest of nature’s details, and within life itself. Karlee began her career in the late ‘90s as a young art student in Italy, studying the Italian Masters, classic oil portrait painting, and the human figure. “Inspired by Renaissance Masters whose work endured for centuries, I discovered my love of figure painting and the human form. What began with observations of the figure and flesh, over time evolved to observing Nature’s landscape, power and transformation she presents to us in the greater world.”
Her 20 year journey has taken her throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, while seeking cultural influences and history which shaped her world perspective and artwork. Karlee’s university education experience includes the Liceo Di Arte, Sardinia, Italy, Florence Academy, Universidad Nacional Autonomia de Mexico, Universidad de Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Platt College of Graphic Design, Temple University Tyler School of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia. Her experiences have brought Karlee notable experience as a participant, resident artist, and creative director in theatrical productions, mural commissions, and Art Student Leagues in Minneapolis, San Diego, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Denver, and New York.
Karlee’s most recent abstract body of work was exhibited at the New York Art Expo in 2017, Brooklyn and Jersey City, NJ. She returned last year to Denver, Colorado from the East Coast to establish her studio once again amongst majestic Rocky Mountains that greatly inspire her.
In Her Own Words... On the creative experience:
“I experience moments of profound clarity while working in my studio, wherein time dissolves and I am over taken with a stillness that is almost spiritual...if one looks closely and peers into the waves and rhythms of these abstract pieces, they can feel the energy that arises from the deep undercurrents of our senses.”