Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Double Faced, 1998

digital output on canvas

31 x 69 in. (79 x 175 cm)

Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Female Head with Hand, 1998

electrostatic transfer

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Gazing Woman, 1998

ektacolour mural

29 x 57 in. (74 x 145 cm)

Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Still life with Fruit, 1998

electrostatic transfer

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Still life with Pears, 1998

electrostatic transfer

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Double Male Gaze, 1998

electrostatic transfer

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Fingerpointing, 1998

electrostatic transfer

22 x 30 in. (56 x 76 cm)

Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Paintbrush & Man with Beard, 1998

electrostatic transfer

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Red Head Flying, 1998

ektacolour mural

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Tahitian Woman Gazing at Back, 1998

electrostatic transfer

13 x 19.5 in. (33 x 50 cm)

Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Tahitian Woman Gazing at Back, 1998

electrostatic transfer

13 x 19.5 in. (33 x 50 cm)

Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Torso, 1998

electrostatic transfer

13 x 19.5 in. (33 x 50 cm)

Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Touching Yellow, 1998

digital output on canvas

3.6 x 5.6 ft. (1 x 1.7 m)

Astman, Barbara

Dreaming Impressionism, Still life with Tea Pot, 1998

electrostatic transfer

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Barbara Astman
Dreaming Impressionism, 1999

 

Barbara Astman is a photo-based artist and educator.  She teaches experimental concepts and techniques in photography at Ontario College of Art and Design.  In Dreaming Impressionism she has created striking, innovative large-scale canvases. 

 

Appropriating familiar images from old masterworks, Barbara Astman reinterprets conventional concept of female portraiture.  This series re-examines Impressionism –images that had profoundly influenced the artist in her formative years – by recontexualizing the subject and the thematic focus of traditional paintings.  Barbara Astman’s Dreaming Impressionism centers on hands, bodies and faces of the subjects, shifting the viewer’s gaze and eliciting a different response in its viewing.

 

These works, rich and saturated with colour, defy classification: Are they paintings?  But the texture of the surface is “double faced”, according to Barbara Astman.  The works incorporate photographs, polaroids, ink and computer graphics – a process that results in a seamless layering of images.