||“I wanted to do, not teach, and I knew I'd never have time for my own work if I was teaching” Barbara Weldon .
Perry L. Meyer Fine Art presents an exhibition of paintings and mixed media on paper by the late San Diego artist Barbara Weldon. The exhibition will be available for viewing Friday, March 12, 2010 - Saturday, May 1, 2010.
The opening reception for this significant exhibition is Friday, March 12, 2010 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., in conjunction with Kettner Nights presented by galleries and artists of the art and design district of Little Italy NORTH.
Perry L. Meyer has been a private art dealer for 30 years, specializing in original graphics, limited edition prints, and other works on paper from the 18th century to contemporary works. With a keen eye and knowledge that he has acquired through his life-long love and passion for graphics and works on paper, Perry Meyer opened a public gallery space in June 2006, located in the booming art and design district in Little Italy in the historical Studio Arts Building on Kettner Blvd.
Painting was always Barbara’s passion. As a child she loved the smell of oil and turpentine in her gramdmother’s house. To fulfill her aspirations and support her family art was the career answer. “She put everything on the line to be an artist,” said her daughter, Laura Weldon-Sweany of Del Cerro.
This passion and dedication to her artwork has secured Barbara Weldon a place among today’s great American contemporary artists. Her work is in many major corporate, private and museum collections. La Jolla, San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Fe, New York and Tokyo are just some of the cities she exhibited in. She was a member of many diverse local art organizations and won numerous awards as a professional artist.
Barbara was born in Yuma, Ariz. in 1931. Eight years later her family moved to San Diego. She attended San Diego State, with a major in mathematics and a minor in art. Although her first art media was watercolors, after taking classes at UCSD, she transitioned to painting, printmaking and collage. By the early 1970’s her artistic career was solidified as she transitioned from juried shows to solo and museum exhibitions.
Acquaintances, colleagues and business associates described Barbara as a warm, outgoing person. Her home/studio was filled with antiquities and art, many pieces picked up from her extensive travels in the US and abroad.
Barbara was inspired by everything around her. From structured, architectural, bolder lines to organic, textural and rhythmic styles, her works were created from her cultural, travel and life experiences; they are thought provoking expressions of beauty and substance. Her multifaceted style reflects what she absorbed from her surroundings and memories, never limited but enhanced by the materials she utilized. Mirroring life’s constant changes, her oil paintings were impressionistic, rich and colorful; her later works were more textural, many with accents of gold foil and collage.
Barbara, diagnosed in 2002 with multiple myeloma, passed away Oct. 9, 2007 in La Jolla, CA at the age of 76.
“Barbara Weldon was an extraordinarily accomplished and talented artist,” said Hugh Davies, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
Jose Tasende of the Tasende Gallery, La Jolla, Ca.,where Barbara last exhibited, described her artwork as “poetic representations” of nature and her visions from traveling.