Barbara Gesshel


Contact Information

gesshel711@yahoo.com

http://www.gesshel.com/

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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