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Softly Clouded Abstractions: Art by Svetlana Barker

A landscape painting by Svetlana BakerUntitled, oil painting

After a career in fashion design, Svetlana Barker turned to painting later in life after moving to Colorado. Her current portfolio is filled with softly clouded abstractions and landscapes that reflect a calmness and centered view of the environment.


An acrylic painting of a series of red abstracted branchesUntitled, acrylic painting


I like the comparison to fashion that naturally arises when one learns of Svetlana’s background – the works look like undulating layers of tulle or another soft fabric, kind of like the works of Benjamin Shine, though with less of a figurative intent. I’m especially impressed by Svetlana’s oil landscape paintings, which tend toward soft, pale colors and mountainous forms that are abstracted enough to read as mere suggestions, allowing the viewer to project and interpret their own image of a space.  


A screen capture of Svetlana Baker's art websiteSvetlana's portfolio website


In other galleries, like her small sized landscapes and abstract paintings, Svetlana favours harder, darker brush marks and more defined shapes. The small landscapes are overwhelmingly painted with a blue wash, and feature imagery like flowers and trees. In her abstractions, Svetlana seems inspired by classical abstraction and surrealism, creating a blend of geometric shapes and frenetic brush strokes. 


An untitled painting by Svetlana BakerUntitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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