Shawn Barber's body of work focuses primarily on painting, portraiture, and documenting contemporary tattoo culture. Barber's intimate renditions of tattooed individuals, balance both meticulous brush strokes and loose energy. Figurative in nature, these large paintings take on abstractions with explosive colors, meandering lines and paint dripping down the canvas.

Shawn earned his B.F.A from Ringling College of Art in 1999 and A.A.S. from Cazenovia College in 1997. His paintings are held in private collections throughout the United Stated. Canada, Asia, Europe and Australia. His paintings have been exhibited in diverse solo and group venues including: The Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC,NYC; Billy Shire Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Mesa Contemporary Arts Center, Mesa, AZ; Southern Illinois University Museum, Carbondale, IL; FFDG, San Francisco, CA; University of Houston, Houston, TC.

Among his extensive achievements, he has taught drawing, painting and the business of art for over 10 years at various art schools throughout the country. After years of documenting the art of tattoo, it as a logical progression to pick up the tattoo machine and add tattooist to his resume. In 2009, Shawn and his girlfriend Kim Saigh opened Memoir Tattoo in Los Angeles, CA. Shawn's most recent fine art book, 'Memoir: The Tattooed Portraits Series' a 256 page hardcover visual tome, published by Last Gasp Books, was released in July 2012.

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Shawn Barber Painting - Apprehension

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Shawn Barber Painting -California dream in final 1

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Shawn Barber Painting -Concealed

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Shawn Barber Painting -Crutch

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Shawn Barber Painting -DID

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Shawn Barber Painting -No hope

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Shawn Barber Painting - Petrified

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Shawn Barber Painting - Rattled

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Shawn Barber Painting - Self Portrait in Red

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Shawn Barber -Amandalynn

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Shawn Barber -Campise Family

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Shawn Barber - Henry Lewis

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Shawn Barber - The Fun

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Shawn Barber Painting -Taki Molly Hands

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Shawn Barber Painting - Bert and Mike

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Shawn Barber Painting- Jo Harrison Portrait

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Shawn Barber Painting- Stanley Moskowitz Portrait

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Shawn Barber Painting- Bob Tyrrell Portrait - The Scream

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Shawn Barber Painting- Portrait of The Artist , Chantal Menard

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Shawn Barber Painting- Miss Mikki At Work

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Shawn Barber Painting - Artist Portrait , Head Study

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Shawn Barber Painting - Artist Portrait , Charlie Catwright ,Head Study

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Shawn Barber Painting - Clay Deckers's Machine

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Shawn Barber Painting - Just the Two of Us

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Shawn Barber Painting - James Spencer Briggs at Work

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Shawn Barber Painting - Head Studies of the Artist , Henry Lewis

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Shawn Barber Painting - Artist Portrait ,Margaret Cho

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Shawn Barber Painting - Portrait of the Artist ,Genevive

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Jason Barber Painting - Jason and lula Kundell

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Jason Barber Painting - Shige ,9 views

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Jason Barber Painting - Dan Dringenberg At Work

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Jason Barber Painting - Jo harrison Head Study

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Shawn Barber Painting -Tattoed Self Portrait at 39

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Shawn Barber Painting -Julie Becker

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Shawn Barber Painting - Portrait of the Artist , Aisea

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Shawn Barber Painting - My Gorgeous Wife ,Darcy nutt

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Shawn Barber Painting -Henry Headstudy 2

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Jason Barber Painting -Jason kundell's Hands

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Shawn Barber Painting - Kat Vond

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Shawn Barber Painting - Kat Vond Nude

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Shawn Barber Painting - Kim Saigh

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Shawn Barber Painting - Luke Stewart Headstudy 1

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Shawn Barber Painting - Portrait of the Artist , Paul Booth

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Shawn Barber Painting - Rick walters 2

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Shawn Barber Painting - Brendan Rowe at work

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Shawn Barber Painting - Don Ed Hardy Hands Study

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Shawn Barber Painting - Self Portrait At Work(with James Spencer Briggs)

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Shawn Barber Painting - Portrait of the Artist , Kari Barba

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Shawn Barber Painting - Portrait of the Artist ,Hannah Aitchison, Hand study 1

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Shawn Barber Painting - Self Portrait At Work (with Wayne Martin Belger)

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Shawn Barber Painting - Self Portrait At 38

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Shawn Barber Painting - Shannon Osullivan

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Shawn Barber at the Liner Gallery

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Shawn Barber - WIP- Portrait of the Artist, Shige

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Shawn Barber - WIP - Portrait of the Artist, Joe Harrison.

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Shawn Barber's Joe Harrison painting at the Shooting Gallery



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