The Art of Trompe L’Oeil 

The Paintings of Barbara Dixon Drewa

Detailed, Hard-edge Realism


Barbara Dixon Drewa was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. As a young child, she was accepted into a select Summer Art Program at Washington University in St. Louis, and later, would win many statewide competitions. Always recognized as an artist, there was never a doubt that Barbara would major in art in college, after graduating from high school.

Barbara began her formal studies in art at The University of Texas in Austin, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1958. Although her passion was painting, she developed a great interest in and awareness of art history. After many years as a fashion artist, designing greeting cards, teaching art classes, painting by commission and raising a family, Barbara returned to further her education at The University of Houston, where, in 1985, she received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting. She taught drawing and painting classes at The University of Houston during this time. Upon receiving her Master of Fine Arts Degree, she began her long and successful affiliation with Fischbach Gallery in New York, New York.

Barbara Dixon Drewa’s work has been shown in reputable galleries and museums nationally and internationally and her paintings hang in prominent and distinguished corporate and personal collections.

Barbara moved to Durango, Colorado in 2016, realizing her dream and began this next phase of her long career as an artist.

Her paintings are extraordinary achievements and a testament to the Fine Art of Painting”.

~Fischbach Gallery, 2017


1987 Fischbach Gallery, New York

1989 Fischbach Gallery, New York

1997 Fischbach Gallery, New York

2001 Fischbach Gallery, New York

2005 Fischbach Gallery, New York

2017 Fischbach Gallery, New York (online)

2018 Durango Art Center, Durango, Colorado


1983 “Eleven in a Row” Invitational, Lawndale Alternative, Houston, TX

1983 “Graduate Works on Paper”, University Center Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX

1984 “Emerging Artists Invitational” Art League of Houston, Houston, TX

1984 “University of Houston Student Exhibition”, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX

1984 “Art League Membership Competition”, Art League of Houston, Houston, TX

1984 “Still Life”, Wilhelm Gallery, Houston, TX

1985 “Borrowed Art”, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX

1985 “College of the Mainland National Competition: Printmaking and Drawing

1985”, College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX

1985 “Surfaces”, Art League of Houston, Houston, TX

1985 “Master of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition”, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, TX

1985 Group Show, Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, IL

1985 “Introductions ‘85”, Pembroke Gallery, Houston, TX

1985 “Collector’s Gallery XIX”, Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

1986 Group Show, Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, IL

1986 “Black and White”, Air Gallery, Austin,

1986 “Summer Issue”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

1986 “Women of the Big State: Current Art”, Arts Warehouse, Austin, TX

1986 “Texas Annual 1986”, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX, and tour

1986 “Women of the Big State: Current Art”, Carver Community Cultural Center, San Antonio, TX and The Pavilion in LTV Center, Dallas, TX

1987 “Women of the Big State: Current Art”

1987 “Texas Realism 1987”, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

1988 “Collector’s Gallery XXII”, Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

1989 “Collector’s Gallery XXIII”, Marion Koogler McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX

1989 “West/Art and the Law”, Bally’s Casino, Reno, NV; traveling to: 1990 Arkansas State Museum, Jonesboro, AR; Robert I. Kahn Gallery, Houston, TX; Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN

1989 “Gallery Artists”, Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX

1990 “79th Annual Exhibition”, Maier Museum of Art, Randolph Macon Women’s College, Lynchburg, VA

1991 “Gallery Artists”, Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX

1993 “Texas Art Celebration ‘93”, Houston, TX

2000 “Y2$ Artwork for the Millennium”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2001 “Can You Believe Your Eyes?” Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA

2002 “The Moving Still Life”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2002 “Contemporary Realism V”, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2003 “Contemporary Realism VI”, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2003 “Lighter Than Air”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2004 “The Still Life”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2004 “Little Worlds”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2005 “Masters of Illusion: 150 Years of Trompe l’ Oeil in America,” Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2005 “Make Three Wishes”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2006 “Lost Art”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2006 “The Art Show”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2007 “Spring Break”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2007 “Uovo Spectrum”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2008 “Transmitting From The Third Planet From The Center of The Universe”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2009 “Everyone Loves Good News”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2009 “Made You Look”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2010 “We Are the World”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2011 “Shine”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2011 “Wildflowers”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2012 “The Romantic Impulse”, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013 “Just in Time”, Fischbach Gallery, NY

2013 “Season Preview” Fischbach Gallery, NY

2015 “Big Ideas: Small Format” Fischbach Gallery, NY

2015 “Seeing Things” Fischbach Gallery, NY

2016 “In Plain Sight / Hindsight” Fischbach Gallery, NY

2017 “18”, Fischbach Gallery, New York (online)

2017 “Group Show”, Fischbach Gallery, New York (online)

2017 “41st Annual Juried Art Exhibit”, Durango Art Center, Durango, CO

2017 “Human/Nature”, Durango Art Center, Durango, CO


2008 Gladstone, Valerie.  Reviews: New York “Uovo Spectrum", ARTnews, February 2008, p.123.

2002 Warr,Michael. Capturing Texture in Your Drawing and Painting. London, England:

Quarto Publishing pic, 2002. pp. 48, 49,105.

1999 Budow, Steve. “Short Term Profits,” Wired, January 1999, pp.124-127, 132-135; p.126

1999 Difei, Jia (essay) and Scott Wampler (editor). Contemporary American Oil Painting. Changchun, China: Jilin Fine Arts Publishing House, 1999.

1995 Capek, Michael. Artistic Trickery. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1995; pp. 1,23,24,45.

1993 Katchen, Carole. Dramatize Your Paintings with Tonal Value. Cincinnati: North Light Books, 1993; pp.70, 71, 76.

1990 Weinstock, Ann. “Big Apple Serves Up an Exciting Slice of Modern Art Roanoke Times and World News, Roanoke, VA April1,1990; p.6.

1990 Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. “A Small Bite of the Big Apple”; p.2

1990 Olivastro, Dominic. “No Vacancy”, The Sciences (New York Academy of Sciences), Sept./Oct. 1990; pp. 53-55.

1989 Cafesjian, Gerald L. West and the Law. St. Paul: West Publishing Company, 1989; pp.26-27

1988 Goddard, Dan R. “XXII Marks the Spot for San Antonio Collectors,” Express-News, San Antonio, TX, Nov. 13, 1988; p. 1-H.

1987 McCombie, Mel. “Realism Proves Too Broad a Theme for Show”, The Austin American Statesman, Feb. 20, 1987; p. D2

1987 Art Inquirer, Jan. 1987; pp. 10-14.

1986 McCombie, Mel. “Emotional Times Surface in Art”, The Austin American Statesman, Nov. 27, 1986; p. J2.

1986 Contemporary Women Artists 1987 Datebook. California: Bo-Tree Productions, 1986.

1985 Solon, Marcia Goren. “McNay Offers Big Apple Art Sampling”, The San Antonio Light, Nov. 10, 1985; p. L5.

1985 Lucie-Smith, Edward. American Art Now. New York; William Morrow & Co., Inc.,1985; pp. 85, 150.

1985 Houston Chronicle Zest Magazine, April 14, 1985.

1985 The Houston Post, April 13, 1985.

1985 Interview on TV Channel 39, Houston, TX; March 23, 1985.

1984 The Houston Post, “Critic’s Choice”, Mar. 6, 1984



Cargill Incorporated, Minnesota

Empire Office, Inc., New York

Haynes and Boone, Texas

Hess Corporation

JHG Leasing

Springfield Museum of Art, Missouri

Thorndike, Doran, Paine and Lewis, Massachusetts

Wellington Management Company, Massachusetts

The West Collection, West Publishing, Minnesota



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