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Barbara Gilhooly

"My background is in printmaking and my current work reflects the love I have for rich, active surfaces. I aspire to create objects that make people feel less grumpy!"

Barbara Gilhooly's fondness for circular shapes can be seen in much of her work. This shape represents the harmony between organic and geometric forms. Gilhooly is interested in the contrasts and similarities between the industrial and natural world.

Gilhooly begins her painted pieces by building up many layers of painted color and pattern. In between painting, she draws with ink or works back into the surface by carving, sanding, and scrubbing the paint to reveal the texture underneath. The result is a surface showing a rich and active history.

Barbara Gilhooly earned her MFA in printmaking and sculpture at Colorado State University and her BFA at the University of North Dakota. She first set up her studio practice in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she established a following for her paintings, wire sculpture, and sculptural art objects. In 2010, she moved to Colorado, where she maintains an active exhibition schedule.

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Red Map
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 230
$ 195.50
Landscape Study
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 250
$ 212.50
You are Here or There
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 280
$ 238
Duo
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 250
$ 212.50
Bouquet
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 325
$ 276.25
Botanicals
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 325
$ 276.25
Funnel of Love Jr.
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 150
$ 127.50
Large Wire Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 560
$ 476
Wire Heart, Wide
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 360
$ 306
Gears
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 275
$ 233.75
Quatrato
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 2,400
$ 2,040
Net
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 275
$ 233.75
Depth
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
$ 255
Copper Funnel of Love
Metal Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 490
$ 416.50
Patterns of Sharing II
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 350
$ 297.50
Spinner Network
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 4,400
$ 3,740
Patterns of Sharing I
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 350
$ 297.50
Patterns of Sharing III
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 350
$ 297.50
Patterns of Sharing IV
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 350
$ 297.50
Icosahedron Act I
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 850
$ 722.50
Lateral Layers
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 2,200
$ 1,870
Correlated Grid
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Small Love So Strong Hea...
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 290
$ 246.50
Medium Love So Strong He...
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 450
$ 382.50
Baby Love Stay Strong He...
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 90
$ 76.50
Small Love Line Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 140
$ 119
9 Wire Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 190
$ 161.50
Funnel of Love I
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 260
$ 221
Connect
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 250
$ 212.50
Cross My Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 100
$ 85
Funnel of Love II
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
$ 255
Argyle String Theory
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 3,200
$ 2,720
SOLD
Wrapped Love by Barbara Gilhooly (Metal Wall Sculpture)
Wrapped Love
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
Sold Out
Love So Strong
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 650
$ 552.50
SOLD
Bundle of Love by Barbara Gilhooly (Metal Wall Sculpture)
Bundle of Love
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
Sold Out
La Mano Shield
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 375
$ 318.75
The Stud of the World
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 350
$ 297.50
Order Implied II
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 700
$ 595
Layered Disk #18
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 325
$ 276.25
Ripple Effect
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Garden Patterns
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Low Bridge
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,400
$ 1,190
Layered Disks
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 325 - $ 2,150
$ 276.25 - $ 1,827.50
Reinventing the Wheel
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,250
$ 1,062.50
Layered Disk #8
Wood Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 550
$ 467.50
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Me/We Cycle, Paris, France, Collette, 2009
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MA, Baltimore Convention Center, 2016
The Language of Patterns, Minneapolis, MN, Gallery 360, 2015
Collections
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis & St. Paul Campus, Minneapolis, MN USA, 2007 & 2008
Kaiser Permanente, Main Reception Area, Colorado, 2017