Painting and The Value of an Artful Life

October 21st @ 3:30pm
Topics of Merritt
Painting and The Value of an Artful Life

The Lake Merritt Independent Senior Living is proud to welcome Painter and Teaching Artist Barbara Pollak-Lewis for our weekly "Topics of Merritt" Guest Speaker series.

Born in the late 1960s, Ms. Pollak-Lewis grew up in a small suburban town in New York, where she was raised in a traditional nuclear family. Her parents furnished their home with classic mid-century modern furniture, abstract art, and architecture books. After graduation from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Film/Animation, Ms. Pollak-Lewis traveled west to San Francisco where she began a commercial art career as a staff artist and freelance Illustrator. Her specialty is capturing expression and emotion.

Throughout her career, she maintained a traditional painting studio where she worked in oils. Heavily influenced by her childhood, she boasts an extensive collection of magazines, photographs, and toys from the late 1950s through the 1970s. Much of her early paintings were of Jell-O molds, housewives, and disgruntled husbands with headaches. Her work explores difficult emotions, such as pain and sadness. She uses a muted palette with a vibrant background for maximum impact. Ms. Pollak-Lewis is now exploring the concepts of RAGE and DISASTER, partially in response to our current US political climate.


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