Barbara Campbell Thomas / Sydney Cohen
Barbara Campbell Thomas lives and works in North Carolina. Her intensely colorful works combine painting and collage in an exuberant pattern of shape, line and texture. "Conceptually committed to inventing a visual counterpart to the breakneck pace of our culture through images equally relentless in their press of information" the artist succeeds in creating a burst of adrenaline upon viewing the explosive, precariously balanced compositions. From within the fragmented jumble of shape and color an "odd intuitive order -- just barely intact" emerges and the comforting textures of the bits of fabric and canvas collaged onto the surface offer the enthralled viewer a tactile respite, as a stealthy harmony
Barbara Campbell Thomas lives and works in Climax, North Carolina. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Her work has been exhibited nationally, in such venues as the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, the University of Tennessee Concourse Gallery in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Agnes Scott College Dalton Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley and her BFA from Pennsylvania State University. She has been an artist-in-residence three times at The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia, as well as at the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Additionally, she was a fellow at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut.