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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Wire Bloomer 5
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
Wire Bloomer 3
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
Wire Bloomer 1
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
Low Bridge
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,400
Layered Disks
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 325 - $ 2,150
Love So Strong
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 650
Funnel of Love I
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 260
Funnel of Love II
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
All Around
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 400
Wire Bloomer 2
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
Wire Bloomer 4
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
Wire Bloomer 9
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
Correlated Grid
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 3,000
Quatrato
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 2,400
Lateral Layers
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 2,200
Funnel of Love Jr.
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 150
Cross My Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 100
Breezy
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 400
Urban Grid
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 400
Wire Bloomer 7
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
Wire Bloomer 8
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
Wire Bloomer 6
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
Sequel
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 900
Garden Patterns
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,200
9 Wire Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 190
Small Love Line Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 140
Wire Heart, Wide
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 360
Large Wire Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 560
Science Fair
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,250
$ 625
Wire Foliage VI
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 248
SOLD
String Theory in Pink by Barbara Gilhooly (Acrylic Painting)
City Gossip
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,250
$ 750
Spinner Network
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 4,400
$ 2,640
Wire Foliage I
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 248
Bouquet
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 325
$ 227.50
Layered Disc #32
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 750
$ 525
Botanicals
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 325
$ 227.50
Wire Foliage II
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 248
Red Plants
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 400
$ 200
Wire Foliage V
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 248
Red Map
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 230
$ 161
Gears
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 275
$ 165
Dots and Daisies
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 400
$ 200
Wire Foliage IV
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 248
Arteries Study III
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 950
$ 475
Layered Reflections
Acrylic Painting

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,300
$ 910
Wire Foliage III
Metal Wall Sculpture

by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 248
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