Taiya Barss

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artist statement

I paint a fish-a good shape, flowing lines,but that one soon becomes many,shapes withing shapes,all leaping for the same hook. My imagination spins the ordinary into a more interesting image, adds magic to the mundane.  I use acrylic, watercolour, oil,and paint on paper, board, canvas and wood, usually using a textured underbase, wiping out areas,layering paint back in,playing with subtle colours and textures, trying to make the negative space as interesting as the positive image. It’s a long, meditative process, and I work on some paintings for weeks, some for years.

selected biography

Taiya Barss graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, immigrated to Canada in 1973, lived in Cape Breton for many years and has resided in Halifax since 1998. She claims a grand father from Dartmouth and one son who was born in Cape Breton. She has exhibited widely, and is represented in collections in Canada, the United Staes, Brazil and Europe.

 

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4 Responses to Taiya Barss

  1. I have a card that was sent that you had painted and I am very anxious but have no phone number.I did get a call from one gentleman but he said your last BARSS was so common that he could not help me at this time but to keep trying..If tou receive this please get in touch as soon as posible. I am 82 and really like to speak to you as soon as possible. PLEASE

  2. My mother was Louise Macabe who had a brother Richard.I really t hear from you to up date some of the family history..

    • Judy Ryan says:

      Did get an answer from Taiya? My mother is Marcia McCabe, Richard McCabe’s 2nd daughter, she is still living in Brazil.

      Judy

  3. taiya barss says:

    Hi, Louise…I have answered you a few times. You are welcome to email me.
    Taiya

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