Barbara Schreiber (American, born 1953)

Barbara Schreiber examines large issues through a small, domestic lens. Her paintings are the products of a difficult world filtered through her genetically sunny disposition.

Barbara’s work has been exhibited at PS 1, the High Museum of Art, Mint Museum, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, SPACE Pittsburgh, the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Telfair Museum of Art, the Sorbonne, and numerous other spaces.

In addition to her work as an artist, Barbara can sometimes be pestered into writing about visual art. Her articles, essays, reviews, and navel staring have appeared in Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, Metalsmith, Creative Loafing Charlotte, The Charlotte Observer, among other publications.

Barbara was born in Baltimore MD, attended Atlanta College of Art and earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been a resident of Charlotte since 2004.

“My paintings and drawings combine pretty pictures and ugly subjects. I sometimes see them as dispatches from the borderland between happy denial and grim reality.

Lately, I’ve become aware of how my work tells a distinctly American story—one of restlessness, one of real estate, bracketed by the open road and the gated community.

Most of my recent paintings are in the purest sense landscapes, since they are filled with deserts, mountains, fields and subdivisions. But they are really about the collision of the built and natural worlds, about battles in which outcomes are uncertain. They variously address threats presented by development, natural and human-made disaster, greed or obliviousness. Despite their often dire subject matter, they are, at heart, humorous.”