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Julia Whitney Barnes
Botanical Stars (Still Life Figurative Painting of Flowers on Indigo Blue)

2020

$4,100

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Figurative Still Life painting with yellow, purple, and blue tulip flowers, plants, gold stars, and geometric floor pattern on an indigo cyanotype background "Nocturnal Nature (Botanical / Floor / Tulips)", made by Hudson Valley artist, Julia Whitney Barnes in 2020 Watercolor, Gouache and Cyanotype on Cotton Arches Paper 30 x 23 inches unframed, 33.5 x 26 inches in custom frame Handmade sycamore frame with splined joined corners, finished in a custom blue dye and satin lacquer. Artwork is floated on archival museum board and glazed with UV filtering and anti-reflective Museum Glass. Excellent condition and ready to hang as is. Comes with two hanging options (wire and French cleat) This still life painting was made by Hudson Valley painter, Julia Whitney Barnes, in 2020. The painting is done atop a cyanotype background so the artist begins the composition by laying flowers and plants on photo-sensitive paper and exposing it to the light. The silhouettes of the flowers and plants are left behind on the paper, which are then embellished with colorful hues of watercolor and gouache. An indigo blue geometric floor pattern and gold stars are introduced in the background to contrast the organic pops of color in the foreground. The frames are custom and were designed by the artist in close collaboration with her framer. Each piece of sycamore was hand selected by the artist and was dyed a custom indigo color to complement the painting and light blue matting. The dyed wood frame is varnished with a satin lacquer. The painting is floated on archival museum board and protected with anti-reflective museum glass. The painting is in excellent condition and is ready to hang. There is wire installed on the back for easy hanging and there is also a French cleat system if you prefer. Artist Statement: "In this series, I approach each growing thing with equal importance regardless of whether it is a weed, rare species, wildflower, or cultivated flower. Most works have several species fused into one composition, often to the point where the exact plants depicted are open to interpretation. Each composition starts as a blue and white print onto watercolor paper and then I work in watercolor, gouache, and ink. Even the works that appear all blue and white are usually augmented with brushed on media. I am most interested in creating objects that feel both beautiful and mysterious. I want them to be familiar yet slightly outside of time. In the summer of 2015, I moved from Brooklyn to a hundred-year-old house in Hudson Valley, along with my husband, Sean Hemmerle. Four weeks later, I gave birth to our daughter, Magnolia. Instead of a baptism for the baby, we organized a tree planting ceremony and positioned a magnolia tree in our front yard, including the placenta as fertilizer. This small act was the beginning of my intimate connection to plants growing in our yard. After the birth of our son August in 2018, we had a similar ceremony with a dogwood tree in our back yard. Throughout the eighteen years I lived in New York City, one of the things I felt most lacking was a direct relationship with nature. After moving to Poughkeepsie, the influence of having green space of my own for the first time in my adult life started to creep into my studio process. The simple action of frequently going outside, then inside, then outside again made me think about interior/exterior in formal and metaphorical ways. It is deeply satisfying to take something that is ephemeral and represent it in a way that can live on forever." About the Artist: Born in Newbury, VT, Julia Whitney Barnes spent two decades in Brooklyn, before moving to the Hudson Valley, where she now lives with her photographer husband and two children. Whitney Barnes received her BFA from Parsons School of Design and her MFA from Hunter College. Her work is executed in a variety of media, from cyanotypes, watercolor, oil paintings, ceramic sculptures, murals, and site-specific installations. Whitney Barnes has exhibited in the United States and internationally, including at Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY; Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY/New York, NY; Brooklyn Historical Society, The Old Stone House, and Trestle Gallery, all Brooklyn, NY; Mattaewan Gallery, Beacon, NY; Cunneen Hackett Arts Center, and WomensWork Gallery, both Poughkeepsie, NY; ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY Institute of Contemporary Art and International Crytopzoology Museum, both Portland, ME, and Siena Art Institute, Italy, among many others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Village Voice, Chronogram, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and Hyperallergic, among other publications. She was awarded fellowships from New York State Council on the Arts administered through Arts Mid-Hudson, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Abbey Memorial Fund for Mural Painting/National Academy of Fine Arts, and the Gowanus Public Art Initiative, among others. She is on faculty at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Whitney Barnes has created site-specific installations at Brookfield Place/Winter Garden, New York, NY; Arts Brookfield, Brooklyn, NY; Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY; the Wilderstein Sculpture Biennial, Rhinebeck, NY; The Trolley Barn/Fall Kill Creative Works, Poughkeepsie, NY; GlenLily Grounds, Newburgh, NY; ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY; Gowanus Public Arts Initiative, Brooklyn, NY; Space All Over/Fjellerup Bund i Bund & Grund, Fjellerup, Denmark; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council/Sirovitch Senior Center, New York, NY; Brooklyn School of Inquiry, Brooklyn, NY; New York City Department of Transportation, New York, NY; and Figment Sculpture Garden, Governors Island, NY and among other locations. She is on faculty at Marist College.

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