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Darla Bjork is an artist who early on channeled her creative energy into her career as a psychiatrist in NYC. After some early explorations in stone sculpture, she turned her attention to painting in 1977.   She’s been making paintings ever since.

Darla’s work has evolved over the years. Her first works were abstract faces and human forms painted in primarily dark tones and shades. Later she switched to encaustics bringing in other shapes and colors. More recently her paintings are done with oil stick on wood panels of varying sizes, often layering and scraping to achieve qualities of richness and vitality. This layered technique invites the observer to explore the depths of shifting perspectives.

Photo Credit: Marina Tychinina, 2018

While her lines and forms often appear simple, there are always formative structures and elements beneath. The layering and depth may be a reflection of insights culled from Darla’s years working in psychiatry.  She is an artist whose paintings often exemplify the hidden layers of living a human life.


Darla has had solo exhibits in the United States and Europe.  She is a board member and gallery artist of the SOHO20 Gallery.  Her work has been reviewed in The Woodstock Times, Kouvolan Sanomat (Finland), Women Artists’ News,  and The Village Voice.

She co-authored an essay published in Entering the Picture:  Judy Chicago, The Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists, edited by Jill Fields, Routledge, 09/14/2011.


Darla Bjork, Self Portrait in Blue, 1997


Instagram (@darlabjork)
Solo Exhibitions

2021   Outer Space, Gallery Z, NYC

2020   CHOIRS, Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, Hunter NY

2019   Weaving Tight and Loose, SOHO20 Gallery, Brooklyn NY

2017   Sanctuary, SOHO20 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016   Birches, Hale Salon, NYC
2015   Torii/Gate, SOHO20 Gallery, NYC | Double Gate Performance Response by Maria Hupfield and Autumn Kioti
2013   Windows: On the Other Side, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, NYC | catalog
2011   Fire Series, SOHO20 Gallery, NYC
2009   Water Series, SOHO20 Gallery, NYC
2004   Dawn Paintings: Internal Landscape, SOHO20 Gallery, NYC | catalog
2002   India: Reflections, SOHO20 Gallery, NYC
2000   Self Portraits, SOHO20 Gallery, NYC
1998   Grief Spirit, SOHO20 Gallery, NYC 
1996   Omettagalleria, Sippola, Finland
1989   A.I.R. Gallery, NYC
1985   Ceres Gallery, NYC

Group Exhibitions

2021   HERE NOW, members' exhibit, SOHO20 Gallery, NYC
2020   Signs of the Times, juried by Joanne Mattera, Ceres Gallery NYC

            Dimensions Variable, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY

2019   Vocabulary, SOHO20 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2018   What is A Painting?, Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery, Hunter NY | catalog

            Pages from the Frozen Sea, co-curated by Eva Mantell & Sarah Stengle, Minneapolis, MN  | pdf

2017   Conversations from the Garden, ArtBar Gallery, Kingston, NY (4 person)
            BeauxArtsGala, WAAM, Woodstock, NY
2015   Small Works / Baruch, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, NYC
2014   Playing with a Full Deck, Greene County Council on the Arts, GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill, NY | pdf
            5 x 7 Show, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY
2013   Byrdcliffe Artists' Studio Tour, Woodstock, NY
            Women in Charge!, SOHO20, Chelsea Gallery, NYC
            Together Again, Kleinert/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY
            Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012   Water, Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY, 
            Juried by Portia Munson
2011   I Can Dream Can't I?, ACA Gallery, NYC
            NYFAI Visual Diaries, traveling show, Auburn University, Montgomery, AL 
2010   Fracking, Exit Art, NYC
            NYFAI Visual Diaries, traveling show, Fairleigh Dickson University, Teaneck, NJ
            NYFAI Visual Diaries, traveling show, Suffolk Community College, LI NY
2009   Encaustic Wax, An Ancient Medium Rediscovered, Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ
            Bridging Generations: Women Artists and Organizations, Rutgers University Library, Rutgers NJ
            Banks of the Hudson, Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY
            The River, WAAM, Woodstock, NY
            Bridge New York, The Waterfront, NYC
2008    A Toast to Toast, Synagogue for the Arts, NYC
2007   Small Rays of Hope, Rhonda Schaller Chelsea Gallery, NYC
            Woodstock School of Art Regional Exhibition, Woodstock, NY
            Six Chix, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, NYC
2006   Couples - Do Opposites Attract?, BRIK Gallery, Catskill, NY
            ASK Artists' Studio Tour 2006, Kingston, NY
            7+14, Kleinert/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY
            Artists' Self Portraits, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, NYC 
2005   Portrait, Kleinert/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY
            The Square Show, Ceres Gallery, NYC
            Art Benefit for Blue Ocean Institute, Solomon Projects, Atlanta, GA
2004   Generations 04, A.I.R. Gallery, NYC
2002   Artists Choose Artists, Kleinert/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY
2000   Imaging the Wunderboard, Center for Freudian Analysis and Research, London Biennale 2000
            Generations, A Survey of Woman Artists at the Millennium, A.I.R. Gallery, NYC
1999   FranklinFest, TriBecCa Art Walk, NYC
1998   amazons & avatars, OIA @ New York Law School, NYC
            Troubling Customs, Ontario College of Art & Design Gallery, Toronto, Canada
            Transmission, de Zaaijer Gallery, Amsterdam
1997   Ordinary/Extraordinary: The Artists Use of Home, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago
1996   Un-Portrait, Galleria Mesa, Mesa, AZ
1995   Girl Dreams, Woman Visions, CB’s 313 Gallery, NYC
            Nancy Azara & Darla Bjork, Wall Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC
            Re/Defining Lesbians: Power/Transition, WCA, Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, San Antonio, TX
1994   Healing through Art/The Art of Healing, Times Square Gallery, NYC
            OPEN/SHUT, Exploring Women’s Lives, The Crystal Quilt, Inc, NYC
1993   OIA Salon, The Prince Building, NYC
            The Face Not Only A Parent Could Love, Triplex Gallery, NYC
            Women’s Art-Women’s Lives-Women’s Issues, Tweed Gallery, NYC
1991   Scarlet Letters, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
            Visible For A Change, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA
            Wiminfest Art, Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
            The NYC Anti-War Group Exhibition, Brecht Forum, NYC
1990   The Human Image, North Hennepin Community College, Minneapolis, MN
1989   The Art of Ceres, the Krasdale Exhibition, Bronx
1986   In Homage to Ana Mendieta, Zeus-Trabia Gallery, NYC
1985   Small Works, 80 Washington Square East Galleries, NYC

Reviews, Essays & Publications

2019   Darla Bjork "Weavings Tight and Loose",  New York Art Beat (5/24/2019)

2017   Darla Bjork "Sanctuary", New York Art Beat (9/8/2017)

2015   Darla Bjork in Conversation with Mary Danisi, Soho20 Studio/Visits (11/19/2015) 

            Still Points VII, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Summer 2015 Issue No. 18
2013   Bjork's Windows to the City, Paul Smart, Woodstock Times

2012   Entering the Picture:  ...The Fresno Feminist Art Program, and the Collective Visions of Women Artists, edited by Jill Fields

2009   Full of Talent, Joe Bendik, Chelsea Clinton News
            Bjork's ruminations, Paul Smart, Woodstock Times
            Water, Water everywhere, Joanne Mattera Art Blog
            WAAM looks at The River, Paul Smart, Woodstock Times
2002   Art Review, Woodstock Times
1996   Taiteen tekeminen psykiatriaa, Kouvolan Sanomat, Helsinki, Finland
1989   Darla Bjork, Elise LaRose, Women Artist's News
            Gifted, Arlene Raven, The Village Voice


1979-1984    NYFAI/Women's Center for Learning, NYC
1977              Brooklyn Museum School, Brooklyn
1965-1969    Psychiatry Residency, Kings County Hospital/Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn
1961-1965    University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
1959-1961    St Olaf College, Northfield, MN

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