Barbara Tyler Ahlfield Debuts Solo New York Art Show Featuring Female Glamour in the Age of the Woman

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The Essence of Beauty is Barbara Tyler Ahlfield's first solo collection intended to highlight the innate beauty of women. The show runs October 16th through November 4th, 2018 in the Viviana Puello Gallery in New York, NY.


“Fashion is a great influence. I love drama, dramatic posing, and lighting and have been honing my skills in ‘romancing’ the human face and form for years. My expertise is in capturing my subjects at their beautiful/handsome best, while still being instantly recognizable with their essence intact.”

The Viviana Puello Gallery in New York is excited to present the fantastic works of the award-winning master artist, Barbara Tyler Ahlfield, in a new solo exhibition entitled, "The Essence Of Beauty." The show, which opens October 16th to November 4th, will include a series of new paintings by the American artist.

The exhibition is being curated by international art personality, curator and editor-in-chief of the ArtTour International Magazine, Viviana Puello who has designed a fashion and art opening reception showcasing also original fashion illustrations by the artist and the elegant gowns Ahlfield uses for inspiration of her paintings. There will also be a collection of Ahlfield's personal favorite fashion illustrations, as well as models, live music and wine concluded with an autograph signing session with the artist during the opening reception on the evening of October, 26th.

Barbara Tyler Ahlfield’s first solo exhibition in the city of New York features a series of dramatic, evocative and emotionally layered portraits that are whimsical and profound, elegant and refined, technically accurate yet spontaneous. Working in a variety of media, she prefers the use of graphite pencil combined with India ink line, colored pencil, watercolor, gouache, and oils. Ahlfield applies highly saturated, vibrant tones of pigment in delicate textured layers with the masterful use of light, shape, tone, color, texture, and form. Barbara Tyle Ahlfield carefully orchestrates portraits capturing the psychology of her subjects through harmonious compositions that emanate intimacy, delicacy, and strength.

With a strong foundation in art training, Ahlfield studied at Ohio State University, Columbus College of Art & Design, and the Schuler School of Fine Arts. She moved from a thriving career as a fashion illustrator to success as a fine artist. Her roster of clients has included very recognized firms like Coty, Carlisle, Dillards, Foleys, Garfinkels, Hutzlers, Joskes, Lord&Taylor, Marshall Fields, Marshalls, Nordstrom, and J. Wanamakers.

As lead fashion illustrator for Lord & Taylor, she saw her double-page illustrations in the Sunday edition of the New York Times. “I have been honing my skills in ‘romancing’ the human face and form for many years …my expertise is in capturing my subjects at their beautiful/handsome best, while still being instantly recognizable with their essence intact.” Today, Barbara Tyler Ahlfield is highly collected and exhibits her work in galleries, international art shows, permanent collections and is well recognized for painting commissioned masterpieces of people and their pets.

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About Barbara Tyler Ahlfield:

Barbara started drawing at the age of two, decorating her bedroom walls with crayon fashion drawings. As a child, she was fascinated with the glamorous fashion she saw in the classic black and white films and television shows as well as the formal portraits she studied during children’s classes at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery.

Following college, she united her loves of art and fashion into a career that spanned 30 years as one of the leading, award winning retail fashion illustrators in the country. The archive of her illustrations is one of the few existing collections of American female fashion illustration over the last quarter century and offers a retrospective of the American woman’s evolving sense of style as well as changing illustrative styles.

On any given day, her full page illustrations appeared in many of the major newspapers in the country including the New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, etc. showcasing top American fashion designers for the major US department stores such as Lord and Taylor, Nordstrom, Dillards, John Wannamaker and many more.

For the last five years, Barbara has concentrated on contemporary fine art portrait painting. She has united her interest in pets and glamour portraits and offers both today. Barbara has exhibited in many art fairs globally, is represented by three galleries currently and is collected by private collectors in the United States and in Europe. This year, Barbara will have her first solo fine show in New York City in the Fall.

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