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Barbara Krupp

When I paint, I paint. I just start working with colors because I’m really a colorist. I know what goes with what, what works, or what plays; I have my feelings and I just want to get everything flowing, and the color working great.

It’s not all about color, though. When I was very young I trained to be an x-ray technician. From that time on, as T.S. Eliot wrote in his “Whispers of Immortality,” I have seen “the skull beneath the skin.” 

The structure of the painting is very important to me, and in my most recent series I have, in a manner of speaking, allowed the bones of the painting—both compositionally and metaphorically,  become the painting’s’ subject matter. 

Like Georgia O’Keeffe, whose early 1940s series of pelvic bones enclosed spaces that later in the decade became forms themselves, I found the areas of interest in my own landscape and floral abstractions to be the atmospheric spaces between forms.  I came to realize that the significance in my paintings was not in the forms, but in the spaces in between them. 

In my “Abstract Stories” series, those atmospheric spaces became increasing bounded by spontaneously drawn shapes. Painted in shades of ochre-tinted white –the color of bone-- the enclosed spaces began to take on shapes that suggested something as intimate and normally hidden as bone; organic shapes that suggest body parts unveiled here and there as though to tease a lover.

T.S. Eliot ends his poem with, ”Our lot crawls between dry bones to keep our metaphysics warm.”

I explore the interface between passion and the intellect, pulsing tissue and desiccated bone.

Our lot may be to crawl through our mortal span but, like the poet, we also sing. 


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The Red Wallpaper Acrylic on Canvas 46x72

The Red Wallpaper
Acrylic on Canvas
46x72

Love And Light Acrylic on Canvas 45x65

Love And Light
Acrylic on Canvas
45x65

Cliffs Of Moher Acrylic on Canvas 45x65

Cliffs Of Moher
Acrylic on Canvas
45x65

Apples And Blue Stones Acrylic on Canvas 46x60

Apples And Blue Stones
Acrylic on Canvas
46x60

Mockingbird Hill Acrylic on Canvas 40x30

Mockingbird Hill
Acrylic on Canvas
40x30

The Goldfinch And The Butterfly Acrylic on Canvas 36x48

The Goldfinch And The Butterfly
Acrylic on Canvas
36x48

Sassy Sea Acrylic on Canvas 30x30

Sassy Sea
Acrylic on Canvas
30x30

When Sally Met Bob Acrylic on Canvas 30x40

When Sally Met Bob
Acrylic on Canvas
30x40

Silly Sally Sang Acrylic on Canvas 36x48

Silly Sally Sang
Acrylic on Canvas
36x48

Where Are We Going Acrylic on Canvas 48x48

Where Are We Going
Acrylic on Canvas
48x48

Rubys and Emeralds Acrylic on Canvas 30x40

Rubys and Emeralds
Acrylic on Canvas
30x40

Sunrise on Sugar Creek Acrylic on Canvas 48x60

Sunrise on Sugar Creek
Acrylic on Canvas
48x60

SOLD The Butterfly Camp Acrylic on Canvas 30x30

SOLD
The Butterfly Camp
Acrylic on Canvas
30x30

SOLD Well Balanced Beauty Acrylic on Canvas 52x52

SOLD
Well Balanced Beauty
Acrylic on Canvas
52x52

Visionary Solution Acrylic on Canvas 36x48

Visionary Solution
Acrylic on Canvas
36x48

Early Morning Vertical Acrylic on Canvas 48x60

Early Morning Vertical
Acrylic on Canvas
48x60

The Fat Lady Is Singing Acrylic on Canvas 40x40

The Fat Lady Is Singing
Acrylic on Canvas
40x40

Carnival Acrylic on Canvas 30x30

Carnival
Acrylic on Canvas
30x30

Ladies Of The Planet Acrylic on Canvas 40x30

Ladies Of The Planet
Acrylic on Canvas
40x30

Astrosphere Acrylic on Canvas 48x36

Astrosphere
Acrylic on Canvas
48x36

Walking Acrylic on Canvas 30x30

Walking
Acrylic on Canvas
30x30