Taiya Barss

Artist Statement

My Ideas come from many directions. I find images around me, in fields, along the shore, creatures, interesting rock crevices, a certain furn of phrase will capture my interest, stay in my mind and eventually emerge as a painting.

These are the seeds, the beginnings, then I add my own imaginings, a bit of magic to the original.

My painting is a slow, meditative process. I am focused, caught in a close dialogue with my work, back and forth, eye to hand.


I grew up in Massachusetts, with strong Nova Scotian roots (a grandfather from Halifax) and have lived here since 1973.

I graduated fro The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, majored in print making, but turned to painting after graduating.


Exhibitions

2014 The Old Country: Gallery One Bolton, Massachusetts
2012 Grin and Bear It: Craig Gallery Alderney Landing, Darmouth, NS
2011 A Sense of Nonsense: Inverness Centre for the Arts, Cape Breton, NS
2008 Heartsong: UCB, Sydney, NS
2008 Rock, Paper, Scissors: ICCA, Cape Breton, NS
2007 Heartsong: Inverness Centre for the Arts, Inverness, NS
2006 A Natural History: Craig Gallery, Dartmouth, NS
2005 Apple Art: Public Art Project, Clinton, MA
2003 Parallel Visions: College of Cape Breton, Sydney, NS
2002 Time In Her Hands: Houston North Gallery, Lunenburg, NS
2002 Animal, Vegetable and Mineral: Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA
2002 The Red Show: Argyle Fine Art Gallery, Halifax, NS
2001 Museum School Alumni Show: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2001 Alpha Chalk Show: Argyle Fine Art Gallery, Halifax, NS
2001 Corridor Gallery Show: Cultural Federations, Halifax, NS
2000 Connections: Taiya Barss, Dawn MacNutt, Nick Marsh: St. FX University Gallery, Antigonish, NS
2000 Connections: Taiya Barss, Dawn MacNutt, Nick Marsh: Alderney Gate Gallery, Dartmouth, NS
1999 Connections: Taiya Barss, Dawn MacNutt, Nick Marsh: University College of Cape Breton Gallery, Sydney, NS
1999 Closely Related: Taiya Barss and Joshua Barss Donham: Lyghtesome Gallery, Antigonish, NS
1998 McKeen Gallery: 172 Newbury St. Boston, MA
1997 Images and Reflections: University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, NS
1996 Far and Wide: Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS
1996 Floor to Ceiling, Fine Art: Cape Breton School of Crafts, Syndey, NS
1994 Far and Wide: Vidual Arts Nova Scotia, Dartmouth Heritage Museum, Dartmouth, NS
1994 Between Heaven and Earth: Taiya Barss and Carol Kennedy; University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, NS
1992 Taiya Barss Paintings: Jersey City State College, Jersey City, NJ
1992 Extremes: Studio 21, Halifax, NS
1991 The Chair Show: Studio 21, Halifax, NS
1991 Syzygy: University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, NS
1990 Vert: Studio 21, Halifax, NS
1990 Art for Private Places: Studio 21, Halifax, NS
1989 Workings of the Spirit: Lyghtesome Gallery, Antigonish, NS
1988 Fish: Lunenburg Art Gallery, Lunenburg, NS
1987 Turtle Soup: St. Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS
1987 Festival of Lights: Sydney, NS
1986 Wild Things: University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, NS
1985 Group Show: Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery, Halifax, NS
1984 Ars Sacra: Halifax, NS
1984 Barss and Barss: Dresden Gallery, Halifax, NS
1976 Graphics Atlantic: Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery, Halifax, NS

Collections

Nova Scotia Art Bank

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

International Private Collections

University College of Cape Breton