Tattooed Portraits by Shaun Barber

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I am a huge fan of Shaun Barber’s artwork and have featured him in the past, for a tattooed portrait painting and a portrait painting of President Barack Obama. I regularly glance back at his website to watch his collection of Tattooed Portraits grow.

These portraits are very rich with life and personality, capturing an intimate moment in time with each person.

Shaun 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 on the canvas.

Make sure you checkout Shaun Barber’s website (Some material is not work safe.) to see more of his great work.

Dan Dringenberg at work - oil on canvas - 56" x 64"

Dan Dringenberg at work - oil on canvas - 56" x 64"


Portrait of the artist, Henry Lewis - oil on canvas - 28" x 22"

Portrait of the artist, Henry Lewis - oil on canvas - 28" x 22"


Portrait of the artists, James Kern and Tim Kern - oil on canvas / diptych - 36" x 24", 36" x 24"

Portrait of the artists, James Kern and Tim Kern - oil on canvas / diptych - 36" x 24", 36" x 24"


Tattooed self portrait - oil on canvas - 50" x 40"

Tattooed self portrait - oil on canvas - 50" x 40"


Portrait head study of Jo Harrison - oil on canvas - 24" x 18"

Portrait head study of Jo Harrison - oil on canvas - 24" x 18"


Portrait of the artist, Bryan Bancroft - oil on canvas - 20" x 30"

Portrait of the artist, Bryan Bancroft - oil on canvas - 20" x 30"

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