Hope Springs; Ink and acrylic; 48” x 48”
I grew up with art all around me. My father was an abstract painter, and Buffalo features a wonderful modern art gallery and a lively arts scene. I started painting relatively late, and went through as many styles, subjects, and media as I could, before coming happily to rest in a world of the spare, the muted, and the geometric. Now I am back to color and texture, but incorporating some of the architectonic lines I love. Recognizing patterns is one of the most pleasurable things we do. For abstract painting to succeed it has to be rich and complex enough to offer us tantalizing multiple possibilities of patterns, without ever resolving to clarity.”
About the Artist
"I’ve said it a few times before, but Mink is one Ithaca’s best and most complex painters: the composer of a multi-faceted but palpably cohesive body of work. …she has evolved from detailed botanical studies and lushly painterly romantic landscapes through an expanding abstract expressionist vocabulary – invoking such lofty precedents as the flung paint of Jackson Pollock, the multifarious stains of Helen Frankenthaler, and the softly inflected geometries of Richard Diebenkorn’s late work. She possesses a richly synthetic imagination and considerable technical finesse.” Arthur Whitman | Ithaca Times: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Mink moved to Ithaca, New York in 1976 where she pursued a PhD in Comparative Literature, was a freelance actor in television and radio commercials, News Director of WHCU radio station, and received an MA degree in History from Cornell University in 1986. She served for 12 years on the Tompkins County Legislature ,and 2001 founded the Light in Winter Festival of Science and Art. She has taught oral and written communication for MBAs at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management since 1986. Mink is an active member of the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca and the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, as well as the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Western New York Artists Group. She is represented by Art Matters Consultants in Washington, DC, Indigo Art Consultants, London England, and Velvenoir, Austria for European sales. Online she can be found at www.barbarmink.com, saatchiart.com, www.zatista.com, and www.redbubble.com.