Steve Barylick: "Sensate Focus" Exhibit Opening Reception

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Steve Barylick “Sensate Focus” a solo exhibition with 18 paintings by Cambridge artist Steve Barylick. In this exhibition,  curated by John Quatrale, the artist presents very colorful and flowing abstract paintings, inspired by music. The public opening reception is Friday March 1 from 6:00-8:00 pm| The exhibition concludes on March 30, 2013 |  Galatea Fine Art Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA (SoWa)|Open Wed-Fri 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Sat-Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm   617-542-1500| www.galateafineart.com 


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Steve Barylick

“Sensate Focus”

Artist: Steve Barylick
Curator: John A. Quatrale
Opening Reception:  Friday March 1, 2013 – 6:00 pm–8:00 pm


Galatea Fine Art Gallery
460 Harrison Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
Hours:  Wed - Fri - 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm  & Sat - Sun - 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Curator’s Statement:

This exhibition presents a unified group of abstract paintings that are inspired by music.  These non-representational sensual paintings have no recognizable subjects but transcend both the visual and the musical.  Steve Barylick’s music driven artworks vigorously communicate feelings and emotions that interact with each other.   Throughout the creative process, the artist is always  listening to his favorite songs, including those by Earth Wind & Fire and Kool & the Gang.  That music appreciation comes forth decidedly on his finished canvases.  His use of  color, design, repetition, texturing and lyrical movement are all related to the music that he has been and continues to be involved with.  They all stimulate the exhibit viewer to “sensate focus” and to better perceive the artwork with all of their senses, including the hearing the beat of the music  vividly embedded into the paintings.  Due to the love for rock and folk music as well as related dance by this former professional drummer, the artist’s paintings are rhythmic and brimming with many sounds for the senses to absorb.  In many of the paintings the drum beat is very apparent while in others the more reserved tempos of folk music predominate.  In all the paintings the musical beat is presented through strong brush strokes and changing color.  Just as his music is often unstructured and free spirited, the paintings can sometimes appear chaotic, but only at first glance.  Like the music they emulate, there are desires for and contrasts  between love and fear, chaos and order and struggles between being at ease and unease. The acrylic gels swirl, the colors vibrate and the erratic lines and mixed media textures pulsate just like a musical score for listening, dancing or singing does. In sum, the hidden messages of Steve’s paintings create musical celebrations and urges the viewers to interpret those messages  in the same way that audible music does.  When looking at the exhibit as a whole or at individual works  ask yourself these questions: “what do you hear?” what do you feel? do these paintings create joy?” what “silent” messages can you find?”  Paintings have always been vehicles to transmit “music” onto canvas and this exhibit does just that.  The artists Paul Klee, Jason Pollack and Morgan Russell  all used music to inspire their abstract paintings in much the same way as Steve Barylick does today.  This exhibition reminds us that art was never intended to be passive and these enriching abstract paintings send that message clearly.  


Steve Barylick resides in Cambridge with his wife and maintains his working art studio in Cambridge as well.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  He also earned a Certificate in Art History from Boston University.  After a 30 year career as a creative art director for corporate clients, Steve returned to fine art painting in 2007.  For many years, Steve was also a professional drummer for many local rock and roll bands. Steve has now exhibited in numerous galleries in  Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including Galatea Fine Art Gallery, the New Art Center in Newton, the Hutson Gallery in Provincetown, the Danforth Museum of Art, the Chabot Fine Art Gallery in Providence, and the 13Forest Gallery in Arlington.  His artworks are owned by many corporations, including Mount Auburn Hospital, Massasoit Community College and Lemuel Shattuck Alliance. Since 2008, he has actively participated in the Cambridge Open Studios.  



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