Paint Studio at the Denver Art Museum

Paint Studio Demo Artist Libby Barbee

Libby Barbee will be in the Paint Studio January 23–24 and January 30–31.

Liz Jaite: What will your demonstration in the studio look like?

Libby Barbee: I will be working on new collage pieces. With these two-dimensional collage pieces, I plan on turning them into three-dimensional collages by building onto wooden boxes with cut pieces of paper and poured paint.

LJ: How is the way you paint unique? Is there anything about your process or way of working that you think is unusual?

LB: I think the way I work with collage and three dimensionally are unique. I believe my ability to work three dimensionally comes from my training as a painter. For me, cut paper is the brushstroke in a piece. Sometimes people think my collages are actually paintings.

LJ: What’s one thing you can’t live without in your studio?

LB: My X-Acto knife! I actually keep one in my purse, too. In life you can’t live without an X-Acto knife.

painting by Libby Barbee
Copyright and courtesy Libby Barbee

Libby Barbee was born in 1981 in southeastern Colorado. She currently lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Barbee received her MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her undergraduate studies from Colorado State University in Fort Collins; receiving a BFA in Painting and Art History, and a BA in French Language.

Recently, at the Denver Art Museum, Barbee was one of the artists a part of the collaborated Denver Art Museum and the Biennial of the Americas community project inspired by Francisco Alvarado-Juárez’s work Aqua-Terra / Terra-Aqua.

She is currently a professor at University of Denver and the Education Coordinator at RedLine in Denver, CO. Libby Barbee describes the root of her artwork as the "fascination with the emotional, psychological, and cultural implications of place." Barbee works with a wide range of media and techniques from collage, drawing, and interactive sculptures. When she isn’t in the studio or teaching, you can find her chasing after her one-year-old daughter, gardening, or being a connoisseur of fine beers.

Liz Jaite is a studio and artist programs intern in the learning and engagement department. Liz has been at the DAM since 2015. Her favorite piece of artwork at the museum is Early Baroque Side Chair c.1685 by artist Unknown. Liz also loves Ben & Jerry's.

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