Barbara Gesshel

Barbara Gesshel

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    Painting

    Printmaking

    Artist's Statement

    “Stepping back from my work, I want the eye to be able to wander into it, travel to the back, no matter the image, and come all the way around again. I’m emerging with a slightly different palette - searching the skies and clouds and painting the endless depths, conveying the profound spiritual experience and sense of serenity I feel.”

    Barbara Gesshel has been inspired by nature since childhood and art is the vehicle that facilitated this connection. She was introduced to wood (printmaking) early as a child and felt the connection between line and space by following the lines of the wood. This introduction has helped define the core of her work.

    “There are elements of landscapes in all of my work: horizontal or vertical, still life, portrait, figure, trees or plants. The ebb and flow of water and waves is repeated in the lines and cracks of pebbles, the waving of branches and the lines of mountains.”

    Gesshel continued studying Art receiving a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts), after which she traveled to Norway to study the woodcuts of Edvard Munch. She enrolled in the Royal Norwegian School of Arts and Crafts. The relationship between the intensity of light and color she experienced living in Norway transformed her art forever. As color began to fill Gesshel’s work, she became a painter.

    Returning to the states, she shared her artistic career with raising a family, fulltime teaching and finally, marital separation. During this time, Gesshel worked in different communities as a Muralist, using her art to promote necessary social change and healing, particularly with the Anti-Graffiti Network in Philadelphia, PA, and post-Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles, CA. During this period, she primarily coordinated and painted murals based on the specific needs of each community.

    Today Gesshel's focus is clearly her own and the patterns in her work follow the same movements regardless of image or medium. Her paintings are evolving into sky and cloudscapes that present an almost tactile visual representation of limitless freedom and possibilities, while her prints continue to evolve organically.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2012
    Jed Williams Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    Red Hook Coffee and Tea, Philadelphia, PA

    2011
    Philadelphia Java Company, Philadelphia, PA

    2010
    November Artist, Gallery at Pebble Hill, Doylestown, PA

    2009
    Commerce Center, Philadelphia, PA

    2007
    Caramel Café, Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia Java Company, Philadelphia, PA

    2006
    Philadelphia Java Company, Philadelphia, PA

    2004
    April Artist, Gallery at Pebble Hill, Doylestown, PA

    1998
    LA Printmaking Society, Lankershim Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1996
    Ned's Cafe, Los Angeles, CA

    1995
    Aroma Cafe Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

    Group
    2012
    Old City Jewish Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    2012
    Dear Fleischer, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Juried Artists Exhibition, Mural Artist Program, Philadelphia PA

    Art in the Open, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Women of Vision 2012, Hidden River Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Commerce Square, Philadelphia, PA

    Community Show, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2011
    Destination Schuykill River, Philadelphia, PA

    Women and Water, Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia, PA

    3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2010
    Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Artist’s Alley, San Francisco, CA

    Dear Fleischer, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2008
    Dear Fleischer, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    2006
    ZONK Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2005
    ZONK Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
    2004
    ZONK Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    South Street Renaissance Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    1996
    New Members Exhibition, LA Printmaking Society Lankershim Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1995
    Mirrors: SCWCA Invitational Show, USC, Irvine, CA

    1994
    LA Rhythms, Los Angeles, CA
    Curated Invitational

    1987
    Juried Small Painting and Drawing Exhibition, Artists Equity, Philadelphia, PA

    1984
    Triennial Juried Exhibition, Artists Equity, Philadelphia, PA

    1983
    Woodmere Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
    Philadelphia, PA

    1982
    Juried Drawing & Painting Exhibition, Cheltenham Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1981
    Juried Drawing Exhibition, Allens Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    Artists Equity, Philadelphia, PA
    Juried Exhibition

    Professional Experience

    2011 - 2012
    Artist/Muralist-Mentor, University City High School Promise Academy, Philadelphia, PA

    2005
    Artist in Residence/Muralist, Mural Arts Program at Duckery Elementary School, Philadelphia, PA

    1998 - 2000
    Artist in Residence/Muralist, 93rd Street Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

    1997 - 1998
    Artist in Residence/Muralist, Bassett St Elementary School, LAUSD

    Prof. Expert/Artist in the Classroom, Oxnard Street Elementary School, LAUSD

    1997 - 1999
    Artist in Residence, Oxnard Street Elementary School, LAUSD

    1995 - 1996
    Artist in Residence, 93rd Street School, LAUSD

    1994 - 1995
    Artist in Residence/Muralist, LACAD Youth Arts Fund Recovery Grant, 75th Street School, LAUSD

    1993 - 1994
    Artist in Residence, 93rd Street School, LAUSD

    1992 - 2002
    Worked independently in various production capacities in film

    1992 - 1993
    Artist/Supervisor/Muralist, 93rd Street School, LAUSD

    1992
    Participant Artists Who Volunteer of LAARP,Figueroa Street School as Artist/Supervisor, LAUSD

    1990 - 1991
    Muralist and Artist Supervisor, Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network

    1983 - 1992
    Worked in various production capacities in film and television

    1981 - 1982
    Director of Art, UAHC Camp KUTZ National Youth Program, Warwick, NY

    1975 - 1978
    Director of the Art Department, Kensington High School, Philadelphia, PA

    1974 - 1975
    Art Department Faculty, Pennypacker Elementary School Philadelphia, PA

    1974 - 1976
    Studio Faculty, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

    1966 - 1968
    Printmaking Assistant, Royal Norwegian School of Arts and Crafts, Oslo, Norway

    1964 - 1965
    Printmaking Assistant, Tyler School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    1962 - 1966
    Printmaking Faculty, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

    Other

    2013
    Art For The Cash Poor 14, Inliquid, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    2007 - 2012
    Philadelphia Open Studios Tour, Philadelphia, PA

    Education

    1964 - 1965, 1968 - 1972
    Graduate Division, Tyler School of Fine Arts, Elkins Park, PA

    1966 - 1968
    Royal Norwegian School of Fine Arts, Printmaking Fellowship

    1966 - 1968
    University of Oslo, Norway

    1964
    Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts), Philadelphia, PA
    BFA