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Painting

Vignette: Barbara Tyson Mosley

"Awakening - Rise and Embrace the Morning" by Barbara Tyson Mosley, 24x48in, acrylic on canvas (2017), $1500 |  BUY NOW

"Awakening - Rise and Embrace the Morning" by Barbara Tyson Mosley, 24x48in, acrylic on canvas (2017), $1500 | BUY NOW

Barbara Tyson Mosley in her studio.

Barbara Tyson Mosley in her studio.

We have observed that quite often fiber artists work like painters, but Barbara Tyler Mosley is a painter whose work might put you in mind of some fiber artists. Of course, the comparison assumes the intuitive manipulation of plastic medium is, while not unique to the act of painting, at least a defining characteristic. Mosley’s mark-making application is both organic and highly structured.

Her abstract landscapes are vibrant with color. “These works harmoniously emphasize the relationship between earth, sea, and sky,” it states in Mosley’s Artist’s Statement. “As she quickly works on canvas manipulating the paint to reflect light and color changes, the viewer’s eye sees a playground of color and movement as she expands the scale of color and line.”

 In the tightly constructed layers of that color and line we can see the echo of the hand stitching of a textile artist, allowing repetition of the mark to create visual texture in the manner of thread stitched through fabric. This repetition carries through the strict, 12” x 12” dimensions of the individual paintings in the series, so that a perspective from a distance puts us in mind of quilt construction.

"Moonlight is Yellow" by Barbara Tyson Mosley, 12x12in, acrylic on canvas (2016), $500 |  BUY NOW

"Moonlight is Yellow" by Barbara Tyson Mosley, 12x12in, acrylic on canvas (2016), $500 | BUY NOW

But Mosley is still, determinedly, a painter, boasting a highly developed point-of-view on the integration of representational and abstract.

Mosley’s current exhibit, "12 x 12 Plus" will be at KORE Gallery at the Mellwood Art Center in Louisville through February 28, 2017. She will then be showing more of the 12 x 12 paintings at the New Edition Gallery in Lexington, KY through the month of March. This fall, she will be exhibiting with Tomisha Allen in September and October of 2017 at the Wayside Expressions Gallery, Louisville, KY.

"Evening Calm" by Barbara Tyson Mosley, 12x12in, acrylic on canvas (2016), $500 |  BUY NOW

"Evening Calm" by Barbara Tyson Mosley, 12x12in, acrylic on canvas (2016), $500 | BUY NOW

Permanent Collections:
PNC Bank Tower, Contemporary Ethnic Dolls, Pittsburgh, PA
Heritage Art Center Gallery, Lexington, KY
The University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA
The Corcoran Gallery of Art (Evans-Tibbs Collection), Washington, DC
The Fine Arts Institute, San Bernardino Museum of Art, Redlands, CA
The International Multicultural Fine Arts Exchange Foundation, Washington, DC

Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Education: BA, Studio Art, Painting, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, 1985; MA in Liberal Studies Degree (Humanities; 20th Century Art History) Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 1990; MFA Candidate, Design George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2002-2004

"In the Night" by Barbara Tyson Mosley, 12x12in, acrylic on canvas (2016), $500 |  BUY NOW

"In the Night" by Barbara Tyson Mosley, 12x12in, acrylic on canvas (2016), $500 | BUY NOW

"Morning Coffee and Caramel Tea" by Barbara Tyson Mosley, 24x36in, acrylic on canvas (2014), $650 |  BUY NOW

"Morning Coffee and Caramel Tea" by Barbara Tyson Mosley, 24x36in, acrylic on canvas (2014), $650 | BUY NOW

"The 13th of Friday" by Barbara Tyson Mosley, 36x48in, acrylic on canvas (2013), $2500 |  BUY NOW

"The 13th of Friday" by Barbara Tyson Mosley, 36x48in, acrylic on canvas (2013), $2500 | BUY NOW

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Painting

Vignette: Teri Dryden

"Echo" by Teri Dryden  , 40x40in, acrylic on canvas, $2400 |  BUY NOW

"Echo" by Teri Dryden, 40x40in, acrylic on canvas, $2400 | BUY NOW

A line disintegrates into a smudge, which then blends into a new color, while an opposing stroke swipes across the canvas with ferocity. Teri Dryden works from such an intuitive, emotional creative spark that her paintings can only be seen as Abstract Expressionism, but, as with many such artists, the phrase seems limiting and only useful for academic discussion. The Museum Of Modern Art describes it this way: “The varied work produced by the Abstract Expressionists resists definition as a cohesive style; instead, these artists shared an interest in using abstraction to convey strong emotional or expressive content.”

That explanation certainly would seek to capture Dryden’s own action painting, with vigorous marks and color choices that invite the viewer to read a confluence of emotions applied to the canvas with a modicum of intellectual framework. “Echo” feels sunny and optimistic, full of hope, while “Twist and Shout” explores anxious energy in restricted release.

"Dive In" by Teri Dryden  , 36x48in, acrylic on canvas, $2500 |  BUY NOW

"Dive In" by Teri Dryden, 36x48in, acrylic on canvas, $2500 | BUY NOW

"Arden" by Teri Dryden  , 40x40in, acrylic on canvas, $2400 |  BUY NOW

"Arden" by Teri Dryden, 40x40in, acrylic on canvas, $2400 | BUY NOW

“My artwork is process oriented. I begin each picture with a line. I have no specific outcome in mind. I respond to the changes in the painting as I explore and interact with materials by layering paint and paper, scratching, sanding and marking, creating open spaces, altering and adjusting. I move between intuition and logic, chaos and order. Being aware and open, taking risks with the materials, as well as the struggle itself allows me to have a more meaningful painting experience and often leads to a greater self-awareness. My goal is to create work that is authentic and genuine.”

Dryden is currently part of a group show called "Mix it Up", New Work by Gallery Artists at New Editions Gallery in Lexington, now through October 2016. 

Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Age: 58
Education: Towson University
Website: http://www.teridryden.com
Gallery Representative: View Gallery (Jackson, MS); New Editions, (Lexington, KY); B. Deemer (Louisville, KY)

"Sunday Afternoon Promenade" by Teri Dryden  , 24x30in, acrylic on canvas, $1400 |  BUY NOW

"Sunday Afternoon Promenade" by Teri Dryden, 24x30in, acrylic on canvas, $1400 | BUY NOW

"Twist And Shout" by Teri Dryden, 40x40in, acrylic on canvas, $2400 |  BUY NOW

"Twist And Shout" by Teri Dryden, 40x40in, acrylic on canvas, $2400 | BUY NOW

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