Awards & Recognition

Santa Clara County Sculpture Exhibition


Honorable Mention

Barbara Phelps Fine Art


Founded: 2001

Owner: Barbara J. Phelps

Certifications: Master of Fine Arts


Areas of expertise:  Sculpture, Drawing, Teaching. 

About the Artist


Sculptures + Works on Paper

Artist Profile

Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle Arts Writer


Pacific Rim Sculpture Exhibition in San Francisco.

Mention of Barbara's fine craftsmanship.

Artweek Magazine

(2001 edition)

 Mention by DeWitt Cheng for San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art MFA exhibition.

"Barbara Jacobsohn Phelps sees meaning in a spiritual realm...elegiac...weightless, perhaps a little mournful, transforming from physical specificity to spiritual universality"

Nature infuses Barbara Phelps' work whether in sculptures or drawings. Actual branches and leaves are cast into the bronzes which makes them unique and one-of-a-kind.

Barbara  explores the human figure in several ways. She explores the human figure as a sculptural form that expresses the power of the human gesture. She also explores the life-sized human form as a symbol of life, of death and of the place in-between. The human form is also a presence for viewers to react to – the closer we stand to it  the stronger a psychological force it becomes.

Expressive charcoal drawing has been Barbara's medium for decades and is her go-to medium because it allows her to work spontaneously from start to finish.