September 14, 2009 Barber vs Barber Posted In: Log

What a pleasure it is for me to announce the first ever, father & son exhibition of our artwork!

When: Opening Reception 5:30-8:30 PM October 9, 2009. Exhibition closes November 13, 2009
Where: Gallery 5800/ upstairs at Suitable for Framing, 5800 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226 804.285.0774.

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Barber vs Barber:

I, primarily a painter of the Chesapeake Bay, will join son Joshua R. Barber, painter of modern icons, October 9 for this unique opportunity. The exhibition, “Barber vs. Barber,” is my first major Richmond show in seven years and Joshua Barber’s first local show in three years. The exhibition will feature approximately 50 original pieces of artwork.

I am a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists and have painted professionally for more than 30 years. I had great success in the 1980s painting the characteristic seascapes and historic vessels of the Chesapeake Bay, most notably the now-rare skipjacks. I have also painted Virginia landscapes, Richmond cityscapes and scenes from our travels in Europe and elsewhere. I’ve painted for President Reagan and the Clinton administration; but one of my fondest memories is of the eleven days I spent with Walter Cronkite while creating a painting of his beloved sailing yacht Wyntje entering Edgartown Harbor on Martha’s Vineyard.

Our son Joshua Barber paints modern icons. His stylized figures depict microcosms of memory both whimsical and dark. He has held two solo shows in Richmond and been selected for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ “Art After Hours” for three consecutive years. Joshua has most recently shown his work in New York, Los Angeles and London; his last exhibit was held in August at Knifesmith Gallery in Bristol, England.

Please join us if you can, John


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