All of these
reviews are of New York exhibitions.
"Ariel Gallery reveals its characteristically diverse
and wide-ranging taste in four shows ... each with its own forms,
they cover a broad aesthetic spectrum.
"In Configurations, four artists segment reality into
symmetrical patters. Sharon Teabo's work in colored pencils,
watercolor, and ink contains natural figuration but organizes it
in new and imaginative ways." (Article includes a reproduction
of They Share The Tree, colored pencil, 18 x 24").
-- Manhattan Arts
"A commercial artist, she works in representational
watercolors and pen and ink designs. Of great interest to her is
the repeated image, shapes arrayed on parallel, vertical "shelves"
or collaged in varying perspectives, the latter preferred for
illustrations of sport activities." (Includes a reproduction of
The People's Triad, 16 x 22", colored pencil).
--The New York Art Review
"Segmented Spaces (at Ariel Gallery in New York) seems
exemplified by the watercolors and ink drawings of
Sharon Teabo, in
which many tiny figures make up geometric patterns as metaphysical
as those of M.C. Escher. In Intramuros, the figures are
contained within a colorful pictographic grid, while in Tuesday
Afternoon they inhabit a mall-like maze that seems to
symbolize the science fictional aspects of modern life."
"Sharon Teabo, a West Virginia artist, whose intricate, maze-like
compositions project a sense of molecular mystery reminiscent of
M.C. Escher, yet possess a peculiar visual poetry all their own.
"Teabo's pieces appear abstract at first glance, but closer
inspection reveals a multitude of tiny figures and human
meanings. Her art is a highly original response to reality in a
variety of styles including naturalism and abstraction."
Teabo's Modern Microcosms And Others At Agora Gallery
"Sharon Teabo, a member of the adjunct faculty of Shepherd College
who has served as artist-in- residence in two different counties
under the auspices of the WV Arts and Humanities Council, is a
unique talent. Her work is unlike anything else being exhibited
today in its precision, intricacy, and metaphysical
suggestiveness. Teabo's pristinely rendered watercolors and ink
drawings have maze-like compositions that make one think initially
of M.C. Escher. However, Teabo is also a superb colorist whose use
of clear transparent hues imbues her work with an aesthetic beauty
that Escher never equaled.
"In Teabo's watercolors, such as Corner Exchange, tiny
human figures are arranged within regular geometric grids of
glowing color that suggest the boxes and cubicles in which modern
people must live and work. In one of Teabo's best and most
intricate ink drawings, tiny steps are combined with figures and
cubes, making an even more overt comment on our man made
environment. A contrasting freedom is suggested by Teabo's
painting on canvas of tiny figures within colorful floating
bubbles of color.
"Sharon Teabo's microcosmic view of the modern world amounts to a
major statement by an artist with a unique style. The intimate
scale of her work makes her accomplishment all the more
remarkable." (Includes a reproduction of They Share The Tree,
colored pencil, 18 x 24"). --