This work is part of Izzy Barber’s series of observational oil paintings of daily life created in the streets of New York City. The image shows a glowing scene from a bar's interior, a moment of satisfaction that might easily dissipate. Barber’s work is neither symbolic in its imagery nor purely abstract. She readily captures the sensations and movements of life in shared spaces in her vivid, textured scenes. This series was created over a year, and demonstrates Barber’s studied eye, remarkable manipulation of mood through image and her intense engagement with her surroundings. These works convey the brilliant dynamism in each moment of city life.
Izzy Barber’s paintings are full of rhythmic geometric allusions to New York City's moods and architecture, moving between abstract and figurative styles. She is a plein air painter, someone who paints outside the studio, and often returns to the same street corners to work. Her bold and atmospheric style also conveys a surprising intimacy, offering observations of daily life, movement, light and color.