Sanctuary #2, oil on canvas 72”x50”
Barbara Rogers came of age as an artist in California in the 1960′s and 70′s during the battle between figuration and abstraction. Never declaring full allegiance to the figurative movement or to pure abstraction, Rogers forged a style that placed the figure in a setting that includes rich foliage, creating tension through the suggestion of allegorical content. In her most recent painting, Barbara Rogers uses the metaphor of the garden to address issues of the cycle of life, chaos and order, landscape and abstraction. She sees the importance of the garden as a fundamental pivot where nature and culture convene and where personal desires can assume political significance.
In 2012, Hudson Hills Press published the book The Imperative of Beauty documenting Rogers’s life and work. The book documents not only the progress of an individual artist, but reflects the trajectory of women working in the arts in the latter part of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The Tucson Museum of Art hosted A Fifty-Year Retrospective of Rogers work in 2012/2013.
Barbara Rogers is represented in major public and private collections including The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ; The Oakland Museum of Art, CA; The San Jose Museum of Art, CA and The Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, AZ and the Tucson Museum of Art, AZ.