Barbara Marks’s colorful paintings are rooted in direct observation and memory. Fusing reality and invention, they suggest ordinary objects, eccentric landscapes, and quirky interior spaces; they elicit narrative. “In my work, I oscillate between geometric and representational abstraction—driven by my interest in economy of expression, and my belief in the role that color can play in the situation of a particular painting. My primary medium is color—everything else falls into place to support that. I am interested in color for its own sake—color as form; color as content.” Marks is currently working on “Recollection,” a series of small-scale, square, paintings-on-panel. Her long-term plan is to grow the series into a large-scale project by making many small-scale paintings that, when installed as a group, will take on a monumental scale.
Barbara Marks received an MFA in painting from Brooklyn College (CUNY), and a BFA in painting from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (CT). She has been a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center, Fowler Dune Shack (Cape Cod), MIRA (Martignano, Italy), Jentel Foundation (Wyoming), Brush Creek Foundation (Wyoming) and the L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art & Design (California). She has twice been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Her paintings are in numerous private collections. She is an artist member of The Painting Center, NYC, NY, and a Guild Artist at Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT. Her work on paper is represented in the flatfile at Artspace New Haven. Marks is a Trustee of the Vermont Studio Center. Previously, she was the principal of a graphic design studio serving the book publishing industry. Marks lives and works in Connecticut.