Ode to Objects - - After Pablo Neruda

Composition in Blue



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     Barbara Pence 's work is best described as contemporary realism. Her format is generally long and narrow – or tall and narrow – and her objects describe her reactions to and feelings about those things that matter to her, some serious, some not-so-serious. She is a former bank executive who left that career to pursue art full time in 1996. She and her husband spent 5 subsequent years living in Latin America, an experience that influenced much of her subject matter, for example the work, "All I Ask is the Justice of a Meal" based on a poem by the Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda of Chile.

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     Barbara's paintings reflect a great affection for the very objects that she paints, their tactile qualities, their shapes, their coldness, their warmth. She feels strongly that objects carry a great deal of metaphorical significance and choosing the objects for each painting represents half the effort in her paintings. They must not only fulfill the need to express meaning related to her subject, they must fulfill formal considerations related to composition, and they must never be conventional or overly laden with sentiment.
     Barbara now lives is Utah and has already been accepted into several competitions and received awards for her work. She has appeared in the Springville Museum Spiritual and Religious Art Show and the Spring Salon, and the Kimball Art Gallery annual exhibit in 2002. She has won 1st and 3rd place in two exhibits of the Utah Valley Art Guild.
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929 W. Sunset Blvd. Suite #8, St.
George, Utah 84770
Phone: 435-628-1855
1283 E. South Temple #401
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Phone: 801-521-2432
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