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Barbara Johansen Newman

Needham, Massachusetts


I’ve been a puppeteer, soft sculpture artist, editorial illustrator, and children’s book author and illustrator, but for 45 years, my art has always been about two things: character and narrative. I am drawn to human expression, experiences, and tales that are told, either in word or gesture. My work has always been a form of story telling in one form or another, conveyed by the figure, sometimes more direct and at other times subtle and suggestive.

 I work primarily in acrylics and other water media, sometimes using mixed media and assemblage. I often collaborate with artist Richard Dunbrack.

 I studied puppetry in New York under Bil Baird and painting and printmaking at SUNY Buffalo. My work has been shown in galleries since 1975, and my illustrations have been published in periodicals and books since 1982. Currently I continue to write and illustrate books for children as well as paint.



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