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here is some of what I have been working on the past few months-
I look forward to meeting new people and old friends at the montreal workshop...
if you are in the area- be sure to check out my show on march 4th at the shooting gallery in san francisco...
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
SATURDAY, MARCH 4TH 2006
THE UNVEILING OF SHAWN BARBER'S SOLO SHOW AT THE SHOOTING GALLERY IN SAN FRANCISCO:
TATTOOED PORTRAITS, Paintings of Artists with Tattoos.
The long awaited debut of Shawn's new series....
Artists that are painted in this series include: Grime, Mike Davis, Paul Booth, Mike Giant, Marcus Pacheco, Owen Smith, Helen Garber, Sean Cheetham, Tara McPherson, Bryan Bancroft, Henry Lewis, Sylvia Ji, John John Jesse, Natalia Fabia, Yutaro Sakai, George Campise, Laura Brink, Marcos Chin, Jeremy Fish, Greg Rojas, Chris Pew, Curve, Juan Puente, Justin May, Kerry Mcracken and Gregory Mocilnikar.
The show includes the debut of Shawn's First book with 9mm Books-
TATTOOED PORTRAITS, a 112 page catalog of this show- will be available at the opening with limited edition, hand signed prints for the 1st 100 books.
Pre-Purchase the book now online with a 10% discount at 9mmbooks.com...
Shawn Barber Solo Show
The Shooting Gallery
839 Larkin St, SF, CA 94109
Friends and artists from New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Detroit, San Diego, Florida,
and of course, San Francisco- will be flying, driving and walking in for this event.
DON"T MISS IT!
Tattooed Portraits Book
Portrait of the Artist, Tara Mcpherson
Portrait of the Artist, Sylvia Ji
Portrait of the Artist, Grime
Portrait of the Artist, Mike Giant
Portrait of the Artist, Jeremy Fish
George Campise' Machines
Portrait of the Artist, Owen Smith
Portrait of the Artist, George Campise
Portrait of the Artist, John John Jesse
Tattooed Self Portrait
Great stuff Shawn,
I won´t have time and money to get over the Atlantic but all the pics remind me that I still have a voucher for my favourite tattoo studio
I wish you good luck with the exhibition!
Last edited by Fipse; February 27th, 2006 at 06:28 AM.
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Wow. Your work is really amazing. Its really beautiful. and its not just the rendering skills either. The John John Jesse one... you can feel his lungs filling up with air. That's really great. The way the subject of tattooing gets transformed, the tattos that stay in the skin, the ones that seem to hover above it, or move off the body... and the paint drips, like excess ink rolling down, or, quite frankly, like the bleeding that invariably accompanies tattooing. Really smart. The one of Grime is incredible too... so subtle... "here are my tattoos, but I'm such a character, I'M the tattoo...".There's a Lucian Freud quality to it as well..... and the still life of the artists tools... really nice counterpoint.
As far as nitpicky crit-talk, I'd say my least favorite theme is the repetition of arms....its a little... obvious... but its a small point, really. It doesn't hinder my enjoyment. It just seems like for the reasons cited above you have a genuine sensitivity to your subjects individually and on the whole, and the multiplication of arms is an easy solution anyone could have thought of... but seriously, thats super nitpicky on my part. On the whole the show is really gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing. I'll bet your thrilled to have the show finally going up. Work like that really deserves every iota of attention it gets. Juxtapoz better do a cover story for this one! Hell, they better give you an Artforum cover!
Excellent work, love the colours on the tatoos, very realisitic.
I hope you wouldnt mind me referencing your paintings, your painting of hands is awesome. What medium are these in, Oil Paints?
Love looking through your work, thanks.
awesome paintings. youre a great inspiration.
wonder if you have one of kevin llewellyn, too.
and yeah, PLEASE post more .
Beautiful painitings. Great subject matter, really diffrent.I love loose brush work.
Wow man, awesome stuff! It was a real treat watching you paint in Prague because you made it look so easy! hehe, this stuff is truly amazing.
Really, really nice stuff. I agree about the comment on your hands - extremely well done. Really wish I could see these in person. Keep posting and good luck with the show!
gorgeous stuff dude
i already pre-ordered your book a week back or so, can't wait.
Damn Shawn., you are truly an inspiration to us all.
I can't wait to see the show and get my hands on one of those books!
Keep on truckin'
Very inspiring Shawn. Thanks for sharing.
"See, the sad thing about a guy like you is in 50 years you're gonna staht doin some thinkin on your own and you're gonna come up with the fact that there are two certaintees in life. One, don't do that. And Two, you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a fuckin education you coulda got for a dollah fifty in late chahges at the public library."
DAYUM! *Picks up jaw off floor*.
^keep me going by visiting my sketchbook^
i would sell my sould for these amazing skills... really i would
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I don't post here often but your stuff is damn good. I love your style. I like how some things bleed into others. Great style.
amazing. stuff like this gets you wanting a tattoo. great stuff, mr. barber.
whoops. the above post was meant to be mine, marko was still logged in on my comp. he agrees, though, he says.
Amazing work! Please post more. Pics of the show would be nice!
dymrus.com : WIP
well freakin' done. great skin tones.
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fuckin sweet dude. i'm making plans right now with my gf to drive up from LA. anyone up for some drinking and drawing afterwards? i've never been up to san fran but my gf has. we'll probably stay until mid afternoon sunday. i'd love to hook up and draw and shit if anyones interested.