Artist Profile - Barbara Sternberger

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Barbara Sternberger

Barbara Sternberger Profile Photo
2018 Fellowship Awards
Whatcom County



Coming and Going, oil on linen, 12 x 12 inches, 2017. Photo courtesy of the artist.

She, oil on canvas, 39 x 32 inches, 2017. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Accepting, oil on canvas, 53 x 60 inches, 2017. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Abstract painter Barbara Sternberger was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1957. In 1980, she earned her BFA and MFA in 1983 from the University of California at Irvine. Barbara has lived and worked in Bellingham since 1993.

For 20 years, Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon has represented Barbara and recently she also shows with Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle. Solo museum exhibitions include the Museum of Northwest Art, the Whatcom Museum, and her work was featured in the U.S. Art in Embassies Program. Since 1996, Barbara has taught painting at Western Washington University every summer and she also teaches private classes.

To better express her elusive subject matter, she stopped the traditional use of oil paint application in favor of unique “handheld oil paint bars” that she makes herself. Her exhibition Confluence debuted these paintings and was reviewed by Richard Speer in October 2013 ARTnews Magazine.

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