We are pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings by Barbara Grad. Grad has an
exhibition history with Howard Yezerski Gallery, however, Off Road is her first with the Miller
Yezerski Gallery. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday June 3, 5 - 8 pm.
"Reality shapes my imagination and my imagination shapes a painted reality."
- Barbara Grad
Barbara Grad paints on the boundary between representation and abstraction. Her large scale
oil paintings allude to natural landscapes but stop just shy of tangible, recognizable forms. Using
the juxtaposition of bold, flat color and natural light and shadow, Grad constructs an uncertain
terrain which acts as a metaphor for the way cultures and physical landscapes change and
develop. Grad's recent work incorporates figurative elements; reflections of man-made structures
merge with aerial views of agriculture and water. Off Road is a negotiation of actual and
invented imagery, the lines and shapes of Grad's paintings creating a discourse between culture
and environment. Her work depicts a reality colored by perception, abundant with unexplored
territories that feel familiar.
Barbara Grad received both her BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
and currently lives and works in Wayland, Massachusetts. Grad has worked as an educator,
Professor Emeritus, at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and has been featured in
galleries and museums nationwide. Recent solo exhibitions include The Kemper Museum of
Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO, and The Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA.