Barbi Leifert

Barbi Leifert ( explains, "As a painter I keep evolving. I was a contemporary dancer in New York City and paint dance and movement but not in a kitsch way (I like to think). In my newest series, “Moving Meditations” I’m interested in painting large scale figures in the process of extreme movement placed in natural landscape. The shapes the body can make while moving through space has always been my aesthetic.

Nothing is more beautiful and mesmerizing."

Jennifer Ament

What art do you most identify with?

I consider myself (if anything) an Abstract Impressionist- I paint with a palette knife, never a brush and put down many layers of color on the canvas.  I listen to Stevie Wonder when I paint so I have an “outpouring of emotion and energy”.

How do you describe your work and how do you talk to a potential buyer? Give us the elevator pitch. 

My work Is designed to affect you on a cellular level.  I tap into “the energy” when I paint and I intend to transmit that to you through the painting.  There is nothing dark about my work- if you wake up to a Barbi Leifert- you will have a great day!

Where can people find you hanging out?

I’m either in my art studio, which is a small building behind my house, at dance class (contemporary  jazz and funk ) or on my bed watching television with my shih tzu’s- also like the kitchen since I love to cook for my family.

If you could own a work of art by any living artist, what would it be (or whose)?

I would definitely want to own the original  “Map” by Jasper Johns.  Stunning!!!!

What kind of art could we find in your home?

MY art is all over my home- the art is colorful and represents how my style has evolved in the past 20 years. Years ago I also did master copies of Picasso and Matisse- I still have a few of those Hanging on the walls To remind me of my journey

Tell us a story of when you sold your first piece.

HaHa, Ha-  The first piece I sold was when I was nine years old in summer camp.  One of the visiting parents really liked an abstract oil painting I did.  It had a yellow background with black outlined colors in the foreground. He bought it for $25.  If I could just recreate that now, I know I could sell it again for much more money!!!!!


Solo Exhibitions:

  • Phillip’s Gallery of Fine Art,  (Kirkland, WA)
  • Phillip’s Gallery of Fine  Art, (San Jose, CA)
  • Mercer Island Art Gallery, (Mercer Island, WA)
  • Lanyon 36 Gallery, (New York, New York)

Group Exhibitions:

  • Axis Gallery, (Seattle, WA)
  • Gage Academy, (Seattle, WA)
  • Bemis Arts, (Seattle, WA)
  • Gallerie Misto, (Belaire Bluffs, Florida)
  • Flower & Hewes Gallery, (Malibu, CA)

Permanent Collections:

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, (London)
  • Morguelan Energy Institute (Los Angeles) CA
  • Lawrence Family Collection, (La Jolla, CA)
  • Prunty Collection, (Palo Alto, CA)