Barbara Fail presents her Mineshaft Series at the Barbella’s Gallery
in Madrid, NM. A lifelong painter, she moved to Madrid three years ago from
Florida and opened Barbella’s Gallery in the Gypsy Plaza.
Inspired by the beauty and history of the mining town artifacts, she
created this series to combine
the industrial with the beauty and whimsy of vibrant color.
Her technique used in this series was developed in Manhattan, where
she recently lived and studied art. Photographs of the rusty downtown
fire escapes were printed in sepia tone on canvas, then stretched and
painted in layers of transparent oils. This style lent itself well to
the acres of rusty equipment found behind the Mineshaft Tavern.
“Painting antiques is as much about perceiving the energy they
contain and the stories they can tell. The photo holds the form and
the strength of the machines but the colors present it in a completely
different way, apart from the ordinary, challenging the viewer to
change their perceptions of what they see.”