San Francisco

Barbara Rogers

Michael Wallis Gallery

Barbara Rogers, recently exhibiting paintings, drawings and mixed media graphics at the Michael Wallis Gallery, combines highly sophisticated techniques of painting, sensitive draftsmanship, and an extremely personal, perceptive wit in delightful, quasi-Surrealistic charades fusing social satire with subtleties of psychological mood. Egyptianesque hawk-headed people in cocktail party conversational stances and other playfully absurd zoocephalic humanoids populate Miss Rogers’ paintings and drawings; a lion-headed nude female figure, reminiscent of the Theban goddess Sekhmet, rendered in an ethereally diffused crepuscular opalescence of spray-painted, violet-tinged flesh-tones and posed in a tidy, domestic interior (viewed as though seen from without through a cage-like window) is designated as Trapped in Suburbia. The artistic sensibilities and technical facility and finesse lavished on

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