Shawn Barber & Vincent Castiglia @ Last Rites Gallery, NYC

— New York, NY (December 13th, 2008) – Last Rites Gallery is pleased to present Anathema: a two person show of new paintings by Shawn Barber and Vincent Castiglia.

San Fransisco based artist Shawn Barber graduated with a BFA from the Ringling School of Art & Design in 1999. Since, his work has been featured in galleries around the planet and can be found in celebrity collections including those of Robin Williams, Christian Slater, Kat Von D and more. Though he is best known for his fine art, he is also an acclaimed illustrator, professor of art, and tattooist. Shawn has been profiled by publications including Art News, Juxtapoz Magazine, and SF Weekly; in addition to having two published books of his art.
Last Rites will be hosting a signing of his newest book, Forever and Ever during the exhibition’s opening reception. Famous for his insightful portraits of tattooed artists, Shawn’s paintings are classically rendered, intimate glimpses into America’s creative underground. In this exhibit he will unveil his first collection of erotic work.

Vincent Castiglia lives and works in New York City. The award-winning painter, who literally puts his life into his art, has mastered the use of his own blood as a medium. His works on paper have been showcased at museums and galleries throughout the US and Europe. His latest solo show opened in November 2008 at the HR Giger Museum in Switzerland, for which he was the first American artist to receive an invitation to exhibit. His artwork has been featured in numerous art and tattoo publications both in the US and internationally.
Painstakingly rendered, Castiglia’s paintings are monochromatic tableaux examining life, death and spirituality. Last Rites Gallery is New York’s only gallery of dark art. Having opened in April 2008, the gallery has received accolades from publications such as Juxtapoz, Inked Magazine, Hi Fructose and the Channel 11 Morning News. Last Rites was founded by legendary painter and tattooist Paul Booth, an artist who has devoted his life to the evolution of his craft.
Paul has been featured on networks such as CNN, MSNBC, DISCOVERY, A&E, TLC, and MTV. In 2002, Rolling Stone Magazine dubbed Paul “The new king of rock tattoos.” There is currently a two-year waiting list for his work. All shows at Last Rites are curated by gallery director Genevive Zacconi. As well as being a seasoned curator, Genevive is an artist known for her meticulously detailed, classical oil paintings, which have been displayed in galleries around the world. Genevive has been profiled by MSNBC, FHM, Juxtapoz, and the NY Press.

Anathema opens on Saturday, December 13th, 7-11pm at Last Rites Gallery, 511 W. 33rd Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues (3 blocks from Penn Station), 3rd floor, New York, NY 10001.

Show runs December 13th through January 22nd, 2008. More info at —

Location: Last Rites Gallery: 511 W 33rd St, NYC



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