Oct 212009


I first spoke to Shawn Barber a few years ago when I invited him to participate in an exhibition at the University where I teach.  He accepted and, while he was unable to attend the opening, I have had the luxury of following his career on-line.

Shawn has had much success in recent years, turning out a few incredible bodies of work and putting in his time as a professor, and now he is taking his educational podium to the masses via the Internet.  This Saturday, Barber will give an on-line, streaming course dealing with what it takes to get yourself out there and begin building a career as an artist.

Personally, I teach a similar course at the University and I would still love to participate in Barber’s class.  There is so much to learn from each new artist and everyone’s experiences are different.  That being said, if you are interested in getting into the art world, or if you are already an “emerging” artist and need to take it to the next level, drop in this Saturday and get an education.

Love, Respect, and Art Ed,



Shawn Barber is a highly successful Fine Artist with recent shows at the Shooting Gallery (San Francisco), Yves Laroche Gallery (Montreal), and upcoming show at the Joshua Liner Gallery (New York NY). He has been an esteemed faculty member of the Academy of Art and Ringling School of Art and Design as well as teaching drawing, painting, illustration, and the business of art all over the world at various schools during the last 8 years of his art career. Shawn’s work has graced the pages of many magazines such as Rolling Stone, Maxim, GQ, and Sports Illustrated. His paintings are held in private collections in the US, Europe, Canada, Asia, and Australia. Shawn is a phenomenal teacher and a talented hard working artist who is carving his own space in the world. His work is also seen in the hit television series L.A. Ink and he has spent the past four years creating a wide body of work as a historical and visual documentation of the vibrant tattoo artist/art scene.


Shawn is here to help artists better understand how to make their way in the world of Fine Art and can answer both technical and creative questions with ease. We are lucky to have him join us, as he is our first choice to share information with you regarding the world of fine art. We have known Shawn a long time and have watched him work, attended his openings and art shows, and seen with our own eyes what he can do when practices his theories and puts his ideas to work in finding his success. Here are some of the topics that Shawn will be covering during his class:


– Creating Content / Personal Voice / Defining your vision

– How do you want to represent yourself as an artist?

– What do you have to say with your art? What makes your work unique?

– Your art in relationship to art history and contemporary art


– Finding the right representation / galleries / venues

– What galleries and why?

– Understanding the process / relationship

– Similarity of styles/ niche/ like-minded folk

– Do you like the work of artists that they represent?


– Physical portfolio

– Online presence

– Community participation (physical interaction and virtual interaction)

– Shipping and advertising

– Creating a brand

– Spending money to make money


– Connecting to the artist community to compare notes

– On technique

– Advice for dealing with specific galleries

– Visiting galleries and artists around the world

– Physical interaction vs. virtual interaction (and the power of physical interaction)


– Creating a collector base

– Starting out

– Slowly raising the bar

– Psychology of pricing / creating a market (understanding it but not being a slave to it)


– Creating a resume / c.v.

– Creating an artist statement

– Contracts

– Registering copyright

– Taxes


– What’s important to you?

– It’s about the art

– Critical analysis / personal and peer based


– Online sites

– Print publications

– Art fairs

– Education

– Competitions


What: Business Of Fine Art

Who: Shawn Barber

When: Sat Oct 24th at 11am PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME (San Francisco California USA time)

Where: ConceptArt.Org streaming classes Direct store link HERE:


How much? 95 USD






Tattoosday- Tattooed Portraits: Snapshots

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Aug 042009

tp09-pcard-front3-webFor anyone who was fortunate enough to see the exhibit I curated for the University of Houston- Clear Lake entitled, “Artists of Permanence: the fine art of the tattooist,” you will certainly remember the work of Shawn Barber.  One of his paintings graced the front of the promo postcard that was sent out to announce the event.  But my little show wasn’t even enough to make it onto his Resume… although, Shawn, if you read this… Put it on there, man!  A major University show on the Third Coast will give more diversity to your show listings!  Ok, sorry about that folks, it is the art educator in me… and speaking of art educators, Mr. Barber really does know what he is doing without me barking at him.  You see, Shawn graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design (a great program where I was invited to become tenure track faculty before I took a job offer in Washington State).  Barber has also taught painting, drawing, illustration, and the business of art at a number of top notch schools around the United States.

Besides his regular teaching gigs, Shawn has had the opportunity to travel and lecture around the world.  His work is highly sought after and he has made quite a name for himself in the illustration world as well.  So, he really doesn’t need any advice from me.  For more background info on Shawn, you can check out his website at: www.sdbarber.com, you can also check out my write up on him for a previous Tattoosday by clicking here: http://artbikerworld.wordpress.com/2008/12/09/tattoosday-shawn-barber/

Anyway, enough background and chit-chat… the reason for this week’s post is because Shawn is having a big solo show in San Francisco and has been kind enough to let us know about it… so, we are letting you know.  What follows is the note from Barber:

Hi everyone-

I have been working on a new body of work for a solo show in San Francisco at The Shooting Gallery- and it opens on the 15th of August, runs through September 8th…

I started painting tattooed artists in 2005, obsessively documenting the men and women that define contemporary american tattoo art. My dedication and enthusiasm for the art form gradually opened doors for me to learn the craft from some of the greatest tattoo artists in the world. I find myself at a crossroads, with an unwavering passion for painting and an equal desire to practice the craft of tattooing.

Presently, my life is consumed with tattooing, the art of tattoo and documentation of tattooing through painting.  Every day, the intimacy of tattooing saturates all that I do. It keeps going deeper, layered and more personal.

Tattooed Portraits: Snapshots is a glimpse into that intimacy.

Opening Reception, Saturday, August 15th, 7pm-11pm, 2009

The Shooting Gallery

839 Larkin St

San Francisco, CA 94109




For anyone in the area, please check it out and send us your thoughts!  I would love to be there for this one as I really dig seeing Shawn’s work in person.

Love, Respect, and Fine Art,