Beth Barry

Beth Barry

Beth Barry — Artist’s Biography

Studio: New York, NY
Born: New Bedford, MA | 1955

When I first flew in an airplane, I was struck by the color, shapes, and shadows created by the light from the sun. The sun influenced everything, infusing the already rich palette of the landscapes and seascapes with what felt like a supernatural light. As the plane moved, the images seemed to move as well. The shapes bounced and swayed in their own rhythmic way. This was all very exciting to me and the experience has informed my artwork ever since. Light, color, and movement are basic elements of all of my paintings.

My work has also been strongly influenced by the coastline of Massachusetts. I grew up there and have always felt tremendous happiness and excitement at the beach. Pleasure is a large part of my process and a critical part of the finished piece. My paintings are places of happiness.

Artist’s Statement

When I first flew in an airplane, I was struck by the color, shapes, and shadows created by the light from the sun. The sun influenced everything, infusing the already rich palette of the landscapes and seascapes with what felt like a supernatural light. As the plane moved, the images seemed to move as well. The shapes bounced and swayed in their own rhythmic way.

This was all very exciting to me and the experience has informed my artwork ever since. Light, color, and movement are basic elements of all of my paintings.

My work has also been strongly influenced by the coastline of Massachusetts. I grew up there and have always felt tremendous happiness and excitement at the beach. Pleasure is a large part of my process and a critical part of the finished piece. My paintings are places of happiness.

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Education

Masters in Art Therapy, Pratt Institute 1979

BA in Studio Art, Connecticut College 1977

Solo Exhibits

2018

Zavo, New York City, NY

2017

Earth’s Magic, Gallery Sitka, Fitchburg, MA

Plein-Air Reimagined, Liquid Art House, Boston, MA

2016

M21 Gallery, Boston, MA

2015

The Magic of Landscape, Julio Valdez Project

Space, New York City, NY

2009

Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York City, NY

Two Person shows

2018

Playful Scapes, The Carter Burden Gallery, New York City, NY

2016

Off the Wall/On the Wall, White Room Gallery,

Bridgehampton, NY

2014

Thomas Moser Gallery, Greenwich, CT

Free Style, Crazy Monkey Gallery, Amagansett, NY

2013

Affinity, Crazy Monkey Gallery, Amagansett, NY

2012

Inside Visions-Outside Views, Sag Harbor Cinema, Sag Harbor, NY

Two Painters/Two Perspectives, Judith Klein

Gallery, New Bedford, MA

Selected Group shows

2019

Pushing Paint, National Association Of Women Artists, NYC

Atmospheric Perspectives, Chashama Gallery, curated by Christina Massey, NYC

2018

Abstract Visions, Gallery Sitka East, Shirley, MA

Small Works Show, Carter Burden Gallery, NYC

Art Groove, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY

2017

Demouzy Gallery, Rockville Center, NY

Mostly Abstract V, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY

Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut

Masterworks Museum, Bermuda

2016

Coupelovous Family Museum, Athens, Greece

Made in NY, Lavelanet, France

Affordable Art Fair, NYC

2015

Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY

Small Works Show, Pleidas Gallery, NYC

Explore, St. Frances College, Brooklyn, NY

2014

Affordable Art Fair, NYC

Metro 30 City Without Walls, Newark, New Jersey

(exceptional merit award)

Hullaballoo Collective, Fountain Art Fair

2013

10 Squared, Leroy Neiman Art Center, NYC

The Big Show, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

H20, East End Arts Center, Riverhead, New York (honorable mention)

2012

Joy, Grace Institute Gallery, NYC

Candescence, New Art Center, NYC

8th Annual Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011

New Beginnings, St. Frances College, Brooklyn, NY

Michael Hennessy Home, NYC

21 Women, Ashawagh Hall, Springs, New York (curated by Vito Sisti)

2010

The New Abstractionists, Walter Wickiser Gallery, NYC

Collections

Private Collections, New York, New York

Private Collections, Boston, Massachusetts

Private Collections, Lavenet, France

Private Collections, Greenwich, Connecticut

Private Collections, Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Private Collections, Medfield, Massachusetts

Museum Collections

Coupelouvous Family Museum, Athens, Greece

Masterworks Museum, Bermuda