Barry Sher, a
Kansas Citian by birth is an artist in transition. He has been an innovator with the mediums of acrylics and resins for over thirty years. In a progression of styles and experimental techniques he has developed a unique craft through research, experimentation, and observation. In 1974 he began to produ
Barry Sher, a
Kansas Citian by birth is an artist in transition. He has been an innovator with the mediums of acrylics and resins for over thirty years. In a progression of styles and experimental techniques he has developed a unique craft through research, experimentation, and observation. In 1974 he began to produce a “stained glass style” work, creating a more affordable craft with the traditional look. In 1983 he experienced a spiritual awakening in his life and began his search for a more inspirational style of work to fill the need to share his enthusiasm for the artistic material he works with. Barry’s work has evolved from a deeper understanding of the spiritual path he is being lead to travel. He feels at times “there is a divine hand in my work giving me motivation and guidance to push me to search and create..”
His present style is very calming, often expressing wonderment, love, and joyous explorations of inner emotions. The craft has developed into a more abstract style than his past work, and the colors are much more brilliant, and in some instances appear to be watercolors. The viewer is drawn into explore the piece, its forms, spaces, and how it transforms the spectrum of colors with the changing environment.
Art to me is “visual self-analysis” through color, texture and expressions of inner emotions.
I want the observer to be surprised and enticed into the work. With a searching curiosity
to excite the viewers mind. That they may be seduced into looking within themselves
for the illusions and dreams of their own imagination, life experiences, and spirituality.
Transparency in relation to light, dark, and color is the challenge that draws me to my work. I attempt to convert the transparent intangibles in life (sprit, feelings, daydreams, and emotions) into a physical yet still transparent forms. I use pigments, resins and embediments to create with various utensils, brushes and the material itself to produce textures and forms in my work. Like a chemist I must determine the relationships between temperature, time, catalyst, and amounts of material to create a unique constantly changing work. My pieces are made to be free and moveable rather than installed so they may be placed in new settings at the owners choosing.
Barry is currently experimenting with more organic forms and sculpture, with an aim toward wall hangings, room screens, and possibly waterfall in the future but still feels as if he’s in a transition period and privileged to be working with light as a fourth dimension.