Barbara Amos is an artist who enjoys collaboration and an exchange of ideas. She hopes that her work encourages inquiry about our role in the world and the changes that will make it a better place. She has developed creative projects that address multicultural issues and environmental concerns. Her commissions include a 90 foot sectional painting in a recreation centre, a 20 photograph public art commission in photography using a handmade lens, placed a steel scope with a handmade lens on a city street, was invited to create a scope for the International Sculpture Garden in Burlington ON and finished 12×16 foot painting for an outdoor learning centre. A sketchbook has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum and The Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art. She has extensive sketchbooks as she draws every day. She views her drawing and painting studio as a place of balance, meditation and sanctuary.
In 2014 she was honoured with an Arts Advocacy Award from her professional organization, CARFAC Alberta. She has advocated for professional development for the visual artists, has volunteered on many boards for non-profits and since 2013 has been on the Board of Directors for the Leighton Art Centre. She has been on the selection juries for public art and served as a juror for many other arts organizations. She has completed 5 public art commissions. The most recent project on Migration, was completed in June 2017. She created an outdoor intervention with yarn that went viral in 2012 and has had her work covered in over 20 publications.
She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and has been awarded scholarships and international residencies. Her paintings are in many collections and she is represented by galleries in Toronto and Calgary.
2004 Carfac Alberta, Board of Directors
2002 TREKS Traveling Exhibit, Guest Juror for Alberta Society of Artists, Edmonton, AB
2001 The NEW Gallery, Programming Committee, Calgary, AB
2000 Art Gallery of Calgary, Board of Directors, Calgary, AB Calgary Health Trust, Art Committee, Calgary, AB
1999 Artwalk, Fundraising Committee, Calgary, AB
1995 Alberta Society of Artists, Secretary, Edmonton, AB
“I explore the world through images. The space between ambiguity and clarity is at the core of most of my work. It is a place that is full of possibility as well as uncertainty.
I am attentive to the questions that enter my thinking as I work. I frequently listen to podcasts about research that intrigues me, news commentary, satellite radio broadcasts. What is fascinating me at this moment? Why does this imagery hold my attention? Is it about tension? Is it a reference to the confusion of our times, the uncertainty in our world? What is going to be lost? What will endure? These are questions are somewhat at odds with the delight of the optical illusions, which I also enjoy creating. I build up the image and then break down the edges. I am aware that I am intent on developing ambiguity and juxtaposing it with clarity. The process of painting leads my questions and it all connects to my daily experiences.
The paintings and the photographs, both contain moments of exquisite beauty. These are essential forces in my artwork and in my life. It is delight that engages us. It is beauty that restores the soul. It is interest and curiosity that moves us forward. Each artwork seems to hold this dynamic of ambiguity along with beauty. I hope that this piques curiosity and invites inquiry. It is inquiry that will move us forward.
Process. I connect to the world around me. I paint from real life because it is the transition from 3D space to the 2D space where the perceptual response is recorded. It is a rich space for artists. A camera collapses this space in a mechanical way so I tend to avoid drawing and painting from photographs. En plien aire is landscape painting that is on location and it is the connection to time and place that interests me. It is a meditative experience. When the focus has been good, the painting is one that I keep. It becomes a reference point for the subsequent studio work. Creating an image that has resonance is difficult and delightful. It about the place of perception and discovery, elements we need to cherish in these uncertain times.”
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 Abbozzo Gallery Toronto, ON, Art and Advocacy Jan20-Feb 17
2017 Habitat For the Arts, Jasper AB The Red Line, Photographs Jasper National Pk AB
2013 Bugera Matheson, Edmonton,
2012 Gibson Fine Art, Calgary AB.
2010 Agnes Bugera Gallery, Solo Show, Edmonton, AB
2008 Telus World of Science, Realidoscope Photographs, Calgary AB
2007 Kensington Fine Art Gallery, New Works, Calgary AB
2006 Whyte Museum, Banff AB. Cutting Up Our National Parks
Leighton Centre, Millarville AB Landscape: Preserving Habitat & Species
2005 The Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB. Main Street, Grand Prairie AB
2004 Cardel Place Public Art Opening, Cardel Place Centre, Calgary, AB.
City Transitions, Artspace Gallery, Calgary, AB,
The Burlington Art Centre, Burlington ON. Cutting Up The Town,
2002 Artspace Gallery, Cutting Up The Town, Calgary, AB.
2001 Devo Gallery, Calgary, AB Cutting Up the Town,
Bowman Art Center, Lethbridge, AB All in Jest,
Red Deer Allied Arts Council, Red Deer, AB Cutting Up TheTown
2000 Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary AB. Enmax Corporate Exhibit,
Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary AB Suncor Corporate Exhibit,
1991 Wallace Galleries, Calgary, AB. New Works
Gulf Canada Gallery, Calgary, AB. Figurative Works
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 The Global Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Museum, New York NY
2017 The Red Alert Project, Castle River Series, Latitude 53 Edmonton AB
2017 Aboozzo Gallery Canada 150 Show Toronto ON
2016 The SketchBook Project, touring Brooklyn Museum, Los Angles County Museum of Modern Art USA
2015 Marcia Rafelamen Gallery Spring Show Toronto ON
2015 Gibson Fine Art Gallery Artists Calgary AB
2014 Art Gallery of Ontario, Rogers Cup ,Toronto, AB
2014 Toronto International Art Fair, M.Rafelman Fine Art
2014 Crowsnest Pass Art Gallery, Ephemeral, Crowsnest Pass, AB
2014 Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2013 Toronto International Art Fair, M.Rafelman Fine Art
2013 Abbozzo Gallery, 2 person, Toronto ON
2012 Toronto International Art Fair, M. Rafelman Fine Arts, Toronto ON
2011 Toronto International Art Fair, M. Rafelman Fine Arts, Toronto ON
2010 Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Canadian Landscape, juried show, Minden ON
2010 Marcia Rafelman Fine Art, Toronto ON
2010 Toronto International Art Fair, M. Rafelman Fine Arts, Toronto ON
2009 Bilton Contemporary Art, Red Deer, AB
2009 Toronto International Art Fair, M. Rafelman Fine Arts, Toronto ON
2008 Toronto International Art Fair, M. Rafelman Fine Arts, Toronto ON
Triangle Gallery, The New Generation, Calgary AB
New Gallery Artists, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
Open Photo, Visual Arts Alberta Gallery, Edmonton AB
Exposure Photography Festival: Realidoscope Lens & Photographs, Whyte Museum
2007 TELUS World of Science: Realidoscope Lens
2006 Crowsnest Pass Art Gallery, Crowsnest Pass AB “Reality Reassembled,”
Leighton Centre, Millarville AB “Landscape: Preserving Habitat & Species”
2005 National Gallery, Alberta Scene, Ottawa, EMMEDIA compilation, video clip BENT
2004 Whyte Museum, Banff AB. “Elemental Inspiration,”
Bowman Art Centre, Lethbridge, AB “Clear Cut: The Understory”,
Red Deer & District Museum, Red Deer,AB “Clear Cut:The Understory”,
2003 EMMedia Gallery, Calgary, AB. Scholarship Recipients, video “Bent”
The Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie AB. “Five Abstract Painters”,
2002 Exit Art Gallery, New York, NY. “ Reactions”,
Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasedena, CA “Reactions,”
City Hall, Calgary, AB. “ 9/11 Memorial”,
Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC “Con/quest, Targeting Tourism”,
The New Gallery, Calgary, AB “Architectonics”, curated group,
2000 Tynedale College, Toronto, ON “Evidence of Things Unseen”,
1999 Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary, AB “Triple Take”,
Wallack Galleries, Ottawa, ON. December Choice, Gallery Artists
Marius Barbeau Museum, St. Joseph, de Beauce, QU.
1996 Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB the Prairie Art Gallery, Grande Prairie, and Muttart Art Gallery,
Calgary “Alberta Foundation for the Arts Tenth Anniversary Travelling Exhibition:, Invitational Show
PUBLIC ART EXPERIENCE/COMMISSIONS
2017 The Migration Project, Artist in Residence, Calgary Board of Education, Calgary AB
2014 The International Sculpture Competition, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington ON. One of 9
artists selected to create an artwork for the RBG
2010 Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, Realidoscope Photography 5x48ft.
2010 Cliff Mission Bungalow, City of Calgary & Mission Cliff Bungalow Community Association