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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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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
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
Connect
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 250
Heart Strand
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 250
Bundle of Love
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 110
Love So Strong
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 650
Wrapped Love
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 200
Love Hard
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 250
The Stud of the World
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 350
La Mano Shield
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 375
Layered Disc #18
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 325
Ripple Effect
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,250
Layered Discs
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 325 - $ 2,150
Low Bridge
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,400
Garden Patterns
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,200
Layered Disc #8
Wood Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 550
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