Charting an artist’s mind

“The beauty of the physical world becomes a metaphor for the capacity of the spirit to reveal itself,” says Ira Barkoff, whose “Mindscapes” are at Canfin Gallery in Tarrytown Saturday, Oct. 15 through Nov. 6. Here’s what the gallery notes had to say about him:

“Evocation of light is ever-present in his romantic and experiential landscapes. His recent works convey the spontaneity and the maturity of the artist’s hand and dedication to his life’s subject, the landscape.

Reveling in nature’s glory, the artist dictates from memory and utmost confidence this familiar terrain, immortalizing the influence of light on his subject and thereby its dynamic essence. His canvases are suffused with color, his choices are rich effervescent hues, gleaming reminders of places and moments that captivate and enchant the viewers to participate in their own revelry and experience.

“With renewed assurance in his approach to his work, Ira has abandoned the traditional landscape for the abstract, altering his approach and technique and allowing for the spontaneous to influence its direction.

“Born in 1934 in Brooklyn, Barkoff has enjoyed a long and celebrated career. He has a BFA from Pratt Institute and has studied at The Art Students League of New York with such notables as Robert Beverly Hale. He continues to teach at the Washington Art Association in Connecticut.”

There’s a reception Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. Canfin is at 39 Main St. For more, call 914-332 4554 or visit And for more on the arts, look for WAG’s November issue, out Nov. 1. – Georgette Gouveia

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