BARBARA PREY (b. 1957)
Barbara Prey is an American painter whose specialty is watercolor. She compares the art of watercolor to jazz, citing the necessity to improvise: “Watercolor is a lot like jazz, you kind of know where you’re going, but you’re going off along the way.” In 2015, Prey was commissioned by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to paint the world’s largest watercolor, an interior portrait of MASS MoCA’s newest exhibition space. The watercolor is 8 x 15 feet in size, and joins her other notable commissions, such as painting the world’s fastest aircraft, the x-43, and painting the White House Christmas card for George W. and Laura Bush, her original is in the White House permanent collection. Prey is an advocate of strong color in her works, and has cited Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer as influences.