Janus Opens the Gates of Heaven, No. 8734
|Dimensions||19 × 14 in|
Archival inkjet print
1 in stock
Subjects that have occupied my mind for a while, stirring around, are where I start when I make a still life. Although, the symbolism utilized in the Dutch Still Life paintings of the 17th–19th centuries is complex, I consider the latent, historical meanings in the subjects used in my still lifes. Everyday objects and items found around my living environment are familiar to the viewer, but personal objects that have significance to me go deeper than a shared experience. So, the viewer imagines a story that has context in their life rather than mine.
About the Artist
Barbra Riley developed curriculum and taught classes in photography, design and watercolor painting at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for over 3 decades as well as curated exhibitions for the Islander and Weil Gallery, conducted workshops in historical photographic processes, bookbinding and watercolor painting and led classes and workshops abroad.
Riley has now retired from teaching at the University and relocated to her studio in the Texas Hill Country to work on Digital prints, Alternative Processes and Mixed media.
Riley’s photographs and paintings have been included in exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Laguna Beach Museum of Art, California. In Texas, she has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Houston Center for Photography, Laguna Gloria Museum in Austin, Abilene Fine Arts Museum, and The Art Museum of South Texas as well as dozens of universities, art galleries and alternative art exhibition spaces. Currently, 18 large painted photographs by Riley are featured in the AT&T Center Collection of Art in San Antonio.
In Texas, her work resides in numerous permanent collections including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Dallas Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin, the AT&T Center, Republic National Bank, San Antonio and The Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi. Nationally, she is represented in the corporate collections of Chase Bank, New York, Kaiser-Permanente and Price Waterhouse, California.