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Nestled in the heart of Sail Boat bend in Fort Lauderdale, Barry Gross Gallery is a sacred space for true mastery of artistic expression. Meeting with Barry Gross was such a enriching, beautiful human experience. If you want to meet someone real, who is genuine and helps you really appreciate life, you've got to meet Barry. His thought provoking presence helps one to feel at peace and at the same time realize that there is more to life than just always striving to reach a goal.
More about Barry Gross
Barry Gross hasn't always had the means of being able to focus solely on his art. He started drawing and painting at a very early age in childhood. Then as a preteen, as most teenagers would, he got distracted away from it and forgot about his passion. In the late sixties while Barry was still a teenager, he went into the Navy and subsequently served in the Vietnam war. It was while he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan,when he began painting again. He realized then that this was his passion.
After he got out of the Navy he went to Pratt Institute for Art in New York. He didn't like some of the subjects he was taking, so he went into illustration. He realized he really loved illustrating. However, he also became cognizant of the fact that most Artists run into challenging times trying to sell their art and make a living. So, he had to take up other jobs to support his passion. Jobs such as: teaching special education, bartending - basically jobs that offered certain hours so that he could still be able to paint everyday. He found that he was able to create the life he wanted for himself without society or civilization dictating how it should be.
Don't turn your back on faith
He worked for a while as an airbrush artist until around 1980 when he picked up oils. He wanted to focus on the style of painting that he loved - capturing human imagery and intimacy while experimenting and teaching himself to paint with oil.
He says it's an ongoing process of learning, "when you experiment, you experience." Life was not always easy for Barry; in fact he sometimes had a very difficult time as far as supporting his dream.
For a while he was even homeless, living in his truck and painting at a storage facility. Being an independent and private individual, he felt like he had go out on his own to create the life he wanted and sometimes it involved uncomfortable situations. Experiences like these taught him that in order to be happy in life, you don't really need much.
Florida is not really an easy place for the arts. Having moved from New York seventeen years ago to look after his family, Barry has seen fluctuating trends in the South Florida art industry. An art district will open up and operate for about three to five years and then all of a sudden it will falls through. Art is not supported as it should be. More people need to buy art because that is what keeps the gallery open and the artist painting. Take Wynwood in Miami for example, it has been around for about fifteen years but slowly the art galleries are being replaced by restaurants, cafés and boutiques because the rent is too high. Barry likens it to Soho, New York where the artists moved into warehouses and art was booming until the rents got too high and not enough art was being sold.
Barry's paintings are usually large scale paintings. His thought provoking art depicts real life, sometimes appearing dark but really just reflecting an air of Renaissance - where the light always comes through the dark. He choses darker colors because the dark colors are moody and dramatic but have a deep story to tell. His work gives a whole new meaning to life and really get you to think about day to day living and being in the now.
Most people like bright and colorful pieces for decoration, which is fine. For Barry however, he enjoys painting pieces that piques your imagination. Art that brings you out of that little space that everyone is almost afraid to go into. His paintings get you to think about your shadows, motives, intentions and distinguish ego from just being. One of his paintings is a man looking into the mirror and the message is: the less you judge yourself the more you release the facades and the less you judgmental you become with others. The paintings also demonstrate the various evolutionary stages of mankind and his survival. There is an certain sensuality to a lot of his paintings.
Barry's message is about making people aware. There is so much healing in art. Children use their imagination and come up with different stories. We as a society need to encourage them to follow their passions and dreams instead of deterring them and focusing on just making money. Humans should make time to actually live. Keep the faith. Spend true quality time with your loved ones. Barry hopes his art opens up some doors for people to get real about living life.
For more information on Barry Gross' Art Gallery, check out his Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/BarryGrossGallery or you can find him on Instagram:
Meet Georgie Stark. She's warm, friendly, spunky and very gifted in the area of design. If you're looking for sensible, uniquely tailored interior design experiences, Georgie Starks will help you create or recreate your space by transforming it into a sophisticated yet comfortable and welcoming environment.
Thirty five years ago, Georgie moved down to warm, sunny Florida from Connecticut. Following her passion for art and design, she pursued her studies and career first in fashion design, then Interior Design and then in Architecture. Around that time she was going through a divorce, with the economy not doing so well, and as a single mother with a lot on her plate, she decided to go back into Interior Design, in which she got her degree. Thanks to her Architectural background, she found that Interior Design came easily to her, so she became licensed in the State of Florida.
With twenty seven years experience, a trusted team of contractors supporting her, and her interior architecture skills, Georgie does: budgeting, color schemes, residential renovations, additions, remodels, turn-key and even commercial properties. She is very well versed in reworking and making changes to floor plans, rearrange living spaces but she focuses mostly on custom kitchen and bathroom designs. Her and her team pride themselves on keeping within time deadlines.
Having many years of experience in the field, Georgie has gleaned from and appreciates all the challenges and struggles that come with the territory. She says that no job is the same - you learn something new every time and get better and better. Sometimes a client will have a certain vision in mind but is not aware of all the time, effort and finances that go into the project. Other times, the economy will go through seasonal fluctuations, which affect business - but nothing compares to the joy and satisfaction her expertise brings to her clients. She has built many long term relationships with high quality clients who have become friends.
For your next project, contact her for some spectacular design work. You would be very privileged to have her metamorphose your living or work environment and make your dreams come true!
For more information on interior design in Fort Lauderdale check out Georgie's website:
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