Barbara Gilhooly

"My background is in printmaking and my current work reflects the love I have for rich, active surfaces. I aspire to create objects that make people feel less grumpy!"

Barbara Gilhooly's fondness for circular shapes can be seen in much of her work. This shape represents the harmony between organic and geometric forms. Gilhooly is interested in the contrasts and similarities between the industrial and natural world.

Gilhooly begins her painted pieces by building up many layers of painted color and pattern. In between painting, she draws with ink or works back into the surface by carving, sanding, and scrubbing the paint to reveal the texture underneath. The result is a surface showing a rich and active history.

Barbara Gilhooly earned her MFA in printmaking and sculpture at Colorado State University and her BFA at the University of North Dakota. She first set up her studio practice in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she established a following for her paintings, wire sculpture, and sculptural art objects. In 2010, she moved to Colorado, where she maintains an active exhibition schedule.

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Garden Trio
Acrylic Painting

$ 900
Garden Party
Acrylic Painting

$ 900
Wire Bloomer 5
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 300
Wire Bloomer 3
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 300
Wire Bloomer 1
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 300
Wire Bloomer 2
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 300
Wire Bloomer 4
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 300
Wire Bloomer 9
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 300
Funnel of Love I
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 260
Love So Strong
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 650
Funnel of Love II
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 300
Low Bridge
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,400
Layered Disks
Mixed-Media Wall Sculpture

$ 325 - $ 2,150
All Around
Acrylic Painting

$ 400
Correlated Grid
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,000
Breezy
Acrylic Painting

$ 400
Funnel of Love Jr.
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 150
Cross My Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 100
Urban Grid
Acrylic Painting

$ 400
Sequel
Acrylic Painting

$ 900
Garden Patterns
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,200
Wire Bloomer 7
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 300
Wire Bloomer 8
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 300
Wire Bloomer 6
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 300
9 Wire Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 190
Wire Heart, Wide
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 360
Large Wire Heart
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 560
Wire Foliage VI
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 248
Wire Foliage V
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 248
Wire Foliage IV
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 248
Wire Foliage III
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 248
Wire Foliage I
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 248
Wire Foliage II
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 248
Dotty
Giclee Print

$ 98
Garden Contours 1
Metal Wall Sculpture

$ 1,600
Big Wire Bloom
Metal Sculpture

$ 1,450
Duo II
Acrylic Painting

$ 220
Fall Garden
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
Flower Pots
Acrylic Painting

$ 450
Spring Garden
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
Figures Study
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,400
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Me/We Cycle, Paris, France, Collette, 2009
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MA, Baltimore Convention Center, 2016
The Language of Patterns, Minneapolis, MN, Gallery 360, 2015
Collections
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis & St. Paul Campus, Minneapolis, MN USA, 2007 & 2008
Kaiser Permanente, Main Reception Area, Colorado, 2017