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Shawn Barber Profile

BY: | December 16, 2009

Shawn’s signature brushwork has appeared in advertising, music, magazines, children’s books, corporate, entertainment and newspapers. Particularly recognized for his portrait work, he has been honored by American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, RSVP, and The Artist’s Magazine among others.

Articles and reviews of his work have appeared in ArtNews, Juxtapoz Magazine, the Artist’s Magazine, International Tattoo Magazine, Garage Magazine, Cool’eh magazine and SF Weekly. His work has been featured in Taschen Books’ Illustration Now and 1000 Best Web Portfolios, Harper Collins’ The Big Book of Illustration Ideas and Mark Murphy’s Dialogue Book, among others.

Shawn’s paintings have been exhibited in diverse solo and group venues including: The Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CA; The Lineage Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Strychnin Gallery, Berlin, Germany; CPop Gallery, Detroit, MI; Outer Edge Studio, Monterey, CA; The Society of Illustrators, NY, NY; White Walls, San Francisco, CA. His work is in collections worldwide, including those of Mat Hoffman, Van Morrison, Christian Slater and Rolling Stone magazine’s founder Jan Wenner.

Shawn has lectured and given painting demo’s at several American universities and art institutions. He has also taught painting and illustration for Ringling School of Art, the MFA Illustration Department at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and the California College of Arts in San Francisco. Shawn has also lectured and given painting demo’s for the ConceptArt.Org’s Workshops in Prague, San Francisco and Montreal.

Shawn also works as tattoo artist and is opening a studio in January 2010.