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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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Bouquet
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 325
$ 260
Wire Heart, Wide
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 360
Red Map
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 230
$ 184
Funnel of Love Jr.
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 150
Large Wire Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 560
Landscape Study
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 250
$ 200
Duo
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 250
$ 200
Botanicals
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 325
$ 260
You are Here or There
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 280
$ 224
Net
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 275
$ 220
Gears
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 275
$ 220
Quatrato
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 2,400
Depth
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
$ 240
Patterns of Sharing I
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 350
$ 245
Spinner Network
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 4,400
$ 3,080
Icosahedron Act I
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 850
$ 680
Lateral Layers
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 2,200
Correlated Grid
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 3,000
9 Wire Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 190
Small Love Line Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 140
Connect
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 250
$ 200
Cross My Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 100
Funnel of Love II
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
Funnel of Love I
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 260
SOLD
Argyle String Theory by Barbara Gilhooly (Acrylic Painting)
Love So Strong
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 650
City Friends
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 750
$ 525
Red City Rain
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 500
$ 300
String Theory in Pink
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 700
$ 490
City Gossip
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,250
$ 750
Arteries Study II
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 950
$ 475
Garden Patterns
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,200
Arteries Study III
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 950
$ 475
Layered Disks
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 325 - $ 2,150
Low Bridge
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,400
Science Fair
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,250
$ 625
Flower Market
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 500
$ 300
Red Row
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,000
$ 500
Layered Disk #8
Wood Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 550
Tallies
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 400
$ 200
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