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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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Funnel of Love Jr.
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 150
Wire Heart, Wide
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 360
Large Wire Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 560
Quatrato
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 2,400
Correlated Grid
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 3,000
Lateral Layers
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 2,200
Small Love Line Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 140
9 Wire Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 190
Funnel of Love I
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 260
Funnel of Love II
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 300
Cross My Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 100
Love So Strong
Metal Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 650
Garden Patterns
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,200
Layered Disks
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 325 - $ 2,150
Low Bridge
Acrylic Painting
by Barbara Gilhooly
$ 1,400
Layered Disk #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