Opening up this Saturday, April 24th at the Joshua Liner Gallery is the latest solo show from Shawn Barber. Entitled “Tattooed Portraits: Chronicle”, this will be Shawn’s first solo exhibition in New York. The show features 30 new paintings, 8 of which are Watercolor paintings of figure studies and tattoo machines. I was hoping to see some of his watercolor works at his last solo show at the Shooting Gallery (reviewed), so I am happy to see that he has a good amount for this show. Looking at all of the works at once, with the help of the Liner Galleries new website features, you can see that this is a very strong and cohesive show. Not only do we get watercolor pieces, but also paintings of tattoo equipment, studio spaces, arm portraits, and even a series of hand self portraits.
There is some really outstanding works this time, such as the Portrait of Marisa Kakoulas (shown first), the twin painting of James and Tim Kern, and two paintings of Bob Tyrell. A monochromatic, multiple head study, and a color portrait of Bob screaming. There is also the head study of Jo Harrison, that I mentioned during the Shooting Gallery review; I was wondering when this painting would pop up.
Take a look at the preview works, and if your lucky enough to be in the area, make sure you stop by. The show is up until May 22nd.
Shawn Barber @ Joshua Liner Gallery
The original painting from this print will be in a group show at the Joshua Liner Gallery opening this August 15th. The print is available to purchase now however. It is 18″ x 24″, signed and numbered in an edition of 50 for $150.
It’s an amazing image, I love that Warhol inspired soup can in the middle, Chunky Bunny flavored. I also like that the print is on paper. Canvas prints are fine too, but some images just look striking on nice paper with a frame to finish the whole look.
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Ben Tour currently has a solo show going on at the Joshua Liner Gallery, that will be over this coming August 8th. He also just added a new print to his online shop. “Orphan I” comes from a painting he had in his last solo show, “Electric Orphans” at the Meta Gallery. This print is 17″ x 22″ on museum rag paper with deckled edges, signed and numbered in an edition of 50 for $200. This was by far my favorite piece he had in the “Electric Orphans” show. It was available from the gallery, but now you can go straight to the source and get it from Ben.
Ben Tour Store
Ben Tour’s latest solo show “Crash & Burn” opened at the Joshua Liner Gallery this past July 11th. I have always been a big fan of his work, and have to admit that his use of the materials has played a role in the development of my own little artworks. In an article over at Toonhound, the author states that ink in Ralph Steadman’s hands was a life giving fluid. While I agree with this, I also feel that Ben has the same ability with the variety of materials he uses. Whether it is spray paint, ink, markers or crayons, Ben seems to be using them less a means to simple place an image onto paper or wall. The materials are more like components, each one fills a specific role and all work together to permanently embed the emotion you see in these figures.
The work for the show is online, and available to pick up. Ben Tour @ Joshua Liner
Images of the show can be seen on Fecal Face