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Architectural Features: Paintings by Barbara Horosko Nichols

A painting of a doorway in MexicoEntrance (from Oaxaca Walls series), mixed media on museum board

Barbara Horosko Nichols is an artist who currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. In her practice, Barbara creates paintings of architectural features and shadowy geometric structures around Los Angeles and other regions. 

A painting of a passion flower and a hibiscus flowerPassion Flower and Hibiscus, coloured pencil and graphite on paper


I really enjoy the unique texture in Barbara’s paintings -- the artist works mostly in mixed media on museum board, and the resulting works look somewhere between frescoes and pencil crayon drawings. There’s a sense that these works would be rough to the touch, and that notion serves the dual purpose of creating visual interesting and giving the viewer a more visceral, realistic impression of the artist’s subject matter, which often heavily features stone and concrete walls, gateways, and other moments. 

The front page of Barbara Horosko Nichols' art portfolio


In her Los Angeles Rivers series, Barbara takes a more abstract approach, inspired by aerial views of the LA landscape, as well as close-ups of the texture and movement of the water. The works use the same uniformly rough texture, lending to a visually interesting sense of contrast.

A painting of water flowingBend (from Los Angeles Rivers series), pastel, acrylic, coloured pencil and graphite on paper

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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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