Barbara Borck-Hart, American (1946 - )

Originally from New York City, Barbara Borck-Hart is one of the most renowned American artists working in the Northeast. Her work is part of the permanent collections of a number of major corporations, including Chase Manhattan Bank, General Electric and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co.

Active in Connecticut, Barbara Borck-Hart is known for her paintings of the sport of polo and her work has been on the covers of "Myopia Polo," July, 1999 and "Polo Player's Edition," November, 1999.

She has been an Artist-in-Residence in Westport and Bridgeport and an Associate Professor of Visual Design and Media Communication for the graduate study School of communication at Fairfield University at Fairfield, Connecticut. She also held Associate Professorships at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport and Norwalk Community College in Norwalk. For public television in Fairfield, she has been a graphics coordinator for "Channel 19 Magazine."

Borck-Hart grew up surrounded by art. Her mother, also a talented artist, painted murals on the walls of the family home. Borck-Hart received her first set of paints at the age of three and has been painting ever since. She graduated from NYU with a degree in fine art and traveled extensively through Europe, where she found herself captivated by Impressionist paintings. She has taught art at Fairfield University and has worked as a graphics coordinator for Channel 49 in Hartford, CT.

Borck-Hart has shown her work in museums and galleries across the United States for more than 32 years. She has bold, fearless style that emphasizes line, color and form and invites the viewer to enter into a world of lush colorful gardens and the electrifying world of Polo matches.

Borck-Hart has exhibited at the Salmagundi Club and National Arts Club in New York and in 1998, at the Classic Polo Art Exhibition at the Museum of Polo in Lake Worth, Florida. She is a member of the Salmagundi Club, New York, the Women's Caucus of Art and the Westport, Connecticut Arts Center.

Her work is in the following collections: Connecticut Public Television in Hartford, Connecticut; General Electric Corporation and Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. In New York City, her painting is in the collections of the Women's Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank, Manufacturers Hanover Trust.

From her studio in Milford, Connecticut, Borck-Hart paints gardens that pulsate with color, creating a vibrant intoxicating mix of sensations. She is particularly captivated by wild, uncultivated gardens that have grown out of control. A visit to Giverny, France, the location of the legendary gardens outside Paris that inspired Claude Monet, served as a defining moment in her career. While traveling abroad, she developed a profound interest in the environment which led to the creation of paintings of landscapes, lush garden series and florals that capture vibrant rows of violet, yellow and pink blossoms.

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