Abstract Thinking: Group exhibition

Kenise Barnes Fine Art will open in our new address, with its expanded exhibition and inventory spaces, with a show of abstract paintings. Abstract Thinking features four painters who epitomize painterly abstraction and represent the best of what Kenise Barnes Fine Art has built a reputation on for almost two decades.


David Collins has been with the gallery since 1994 and has been featured in more than a dozen exhibitions with us. Collins’ visual language is culled from recollections of airports, homes, and construction sites. The artist renders these industrial and domestic scenes in highly geometric planes and vivid colors.  The artist is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, and shows extensively in the US. He lives and works in Manhattan.


Yolanda Sánchez was born in Havana, Cuba and emmigrated to the United States in 1960. Sánchez holds a MFA from Yale University in painting. Yolanda is a Fulbright scholar, completing her fellowship as a painter in Spain after she graduated from Yale. The artist lives and works in Miami Beach. The paintings are also informed by a variety of sources, particularly poetry, dance, calligraphy and Asian art.


Katia Santibañez is interested in the idea of world-making and bringing abstraction to another level; inspired by nature and architecture she uses the grid to organize the composition. The system of the grid or stripes plays also with the idea of power and control--which nature and human beings have in common. The artist earned a B.F.A. at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.


Teetering between urban and natural subjects Josette Urso makes exploratory paintings working directly and urgently in response to her immediate environment. The artist’s approach involves “moment-to-moment” extrapolation governed by intuitive leaps of scale, color, and wayward geometry. The artist holds both a BFA and an MFA from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.