WHERE: Copro Gallery - Bergamot Station Arts Complex
2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404 

Ph: 310/829-2156 
E-Mail: CoproGallery@Live.com
Web: www.CoproGallery.com

WHAT: WITHIN THE HEARTS OF MAN - Shawn Barber, Carl Dobsky 2 person Art Exhibit

WHEN: Exhibit runs; June 1st – June 22, 2024
Opening Reception
: Saturday June 1 , 2024 - 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Contact:  Gary Pressman, Gallery Director - Copro Gallery

Within The Hearts of Man poster

WITHIN THE HEARTS OF MAN - 2 artist exhibition

Copro Gallery presents a 2 artist exhibition with Shawn Barber & Carl Dobsky titled “Within The Hearts of Man”. The origins of the phrase has no single origin and can be found in a variety of sayings and places. However, despite its ubiquity, the phrase whenever it is used always refers to something that is at the very core of someone’s being. It could refer to beliefs that are deeply held, a love of something that defines one’s life, or it could refer to something that is intrinsic to the very nature of being human.

Shawn Barber , '‘Shamrock on Sunset’, oil on panel, 36” x 24”

SHAWN BARBER has been exploring and documenting contemporary tattooculture and history for almost two decades. Through portraits, still-life and paintings of the interiors and exteriors of tattoo shops, Barber’s intimate personal knowledge of these subjects is unveiled. These storied characters that create the images that embody the beliefs of those who (get tattooed) or memorialize those people who were close to the heart, are humbly connected to the tribal nature of man.

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 States, Canada, Asia, Europe and Australia. Among his extensive achievements, he has taught drawing, painting and the business of art for 20 years at various art schools throughout the country. After years of documenting the art of tattoo, it was 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.

Carl Dobsky, Chariot of Fire (Joy Ride)” 26” x 37” Oil on Linen

interprets, what lies “within the hearts of man” appears to be a deep-seated and a tragic kind of folly. Through the use of allegory and social commentary, Dobsky points at our tendencies to engage in acts that end up destroying our health, wealth, and security both on the individual scale and that of the society at large. Whether the subject is an original invention or taken from literary or humanist sources, the common theme is the evil men do both to others and themselves. 
Carl Dobsky is a figurative painter currently living and working in the Los Angeles area. His work is grounded in traditional forms of representation while still incorporating contemporary elements. Dobsky earned a B.F.A from Ringling College of Art and Design and an M.F.A from the New York Academy of Art. Beyond education at these institutions, he also studied classical approaches to drawing and painting at the Water Street Atelier in Brooklyn, NY. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and in Europe. His work can be found in both private and public collections including the New Britain Museum of Art and the Seven Bridges Foundatioan

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