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Underwater and it feels so good…

Posted in Guilty Pleasures, Our Humble Opinions, What's happening with the artists by K2Creative on January 12, 2011

Cheesy titles asisde : K2 Creative is excited to start the new year with an addition to our roster – we now proudly represent Barbara Cole, Underwater Photographer.

Katie and I worked with Barb several years ago – she’s one of our favorite people, and we wish we could use her imagery as wallpaper in our apartments.  Or dedicate a room strictly to her work.  Or have it projected on our ceilings and floors.

Seriously, we’re big fans.  🙂

And we’re not the only ones.  Much has changed in the past few years for Barbara Cole.  Her fine art career is BOOMING, first with her underwater series Underworld,  then White Noise and now with her latest and most acclaimed fine art series, Chromatics, an underwater experience where she has progressed towards a near-total dissolution of the figure, referencing and reinterpreting mid-century colour field painting. The result is a dramatic tension between the figure and form that tests the nature of photography and its impact on our experience of reality.

Barb’s always been a well-known and respected artist – but she’s been so busy becoming a famous one, that we thought she’d all but forgotten the commercial realm. Turns out she still digs it, and wants to work with clients that “get” her aesthetic.  We completely agree – if all advertising reflected a photographers true talent, we’d have some damn good work out there.

We don’t like to name drop, but we will in this case.  Barbara has shot underwater fashion for several large fashion houses, including Anthropologie.  She’s worked with Saatchi & Saatchi on personal care products like Olay, and even footwear from Gravis.  Barbara was the Grand Prix Winner of 6E FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL de la PHOTOGRAPHIE de MODE, Cannes and Dubai in 2008 and 2009.   She’s got massive installations at the Trump Hotel in Miami and the Princess Margaret Hospital Breast Cancer Center in Toronto.

Her work has graced the walls of several galleries.  Now, it just needs to grace the walls of my living room.

She’s on our website now, so check her out – you won’t regret it.

And, while it may not be said with the eloquence of some of Barbara Cole’s fine art fans (and she’s got many), we want to relay the following:

We think she rocks and are soooo very happy to be working with her again.  Yay!


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