Santa Clara County Sculpture Exhibition
Barbara Phelps Fine Art
Owner: Barbara J. Phelps
Certifications: Master of Fine Arts
Areas of expertise: Sculpture, Drawing, Teaching.
Sculptures + Works on Paper
Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle Arts Writer
Pacific Rim Sculpture Exhibition in San Francisco.
Mention of Barbara's fine craftsmanship.
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.