Jared Bark is the founder of Bark Frameworks, and works with the company on special projects.
He began designing and making frames for fellow artists in his SoHo loft in 1969, three years after graduating from Stanford University. From early on he focused on using the best materials and techniques for preserving art, and received essential support in this pursuit from artists, museums and conservators in NYC and elsewhere. He has been an Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation since 1979. Bark has lectured and led seminars on preservation framing and frame design at Columbia University, New York University, Bard College, Sotheby’s and Phillips de Pury. He lectures regularly in Christie’s Master’s Program on Impressionist and modern frame design.
He recently co-authored with Elizabeth Easton, “Pictures Properly Framed: Degas and Innovation in Impressionist Frames”, published in The Burlington Magazine, volume 150.
Bark joined Holly Solomon Gallery when it opened in 1975 and exhibited there regularly until the mid-1980’s, when he shifted his full-time focus to Bark Frameworks. His works are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Centre Pompidou, among others. Bark’s work was recently shown in the exhibition “Rituals of Rented Island” at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2014) and at Paris Photo (2016). An individual exhibition of his work, “Jared Bark: Photobooth Works, 1969-1976,” took place at Southfirst Gallery in 2015.