Barrie Kaufman

Stories of the natural world inform my work. I am multimedia artist working in
printmaking, painting, ceramic and glass sculpture. For 40 years I have been
creating art in West Virginia. I have exhibited internationally,in Taiwan, winning
the Taipei City Mayors Award at the 5th International Print Biennial, Sotheby’s
Stockholm Sweden, and Presse Papier, Trois Rivieres, Quebec Canada where I
was an artist in residence. My work can be found in the permanent collections of
The Clay Center for Arts and Sciences, Marshall University, The West Virginia
Symphony, The City of Charleston, The State Of West Virginia Permanent
Collection and The Huntington Museum.
I continually explore a variety of experimental processes and challenge myself to develop new media in two and three dimensions. In 2013 I began working with cast and blown glass, luminous and reflective, translating my ideas from prints and paintings into three dimensions.

Some people have described my work as chaotic with forms, lines, and symbols jumbled together, mirroring the abuse of the environment. I am constantly exploring themes of light and dark to tell the story of our current humanity which uplifts and challenges the viewer. Working in series and often in a large format I want my work to be a visceral reminder of things lost or forgotten.

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