Bio

Barry Shiff was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, raised in Boston, and you can still hear the New England twang in his speech. He moved to New Jersey in 1978, and stayed.

His interest in art started early in his childhood, and he still tells the story of his delight with a small set of colors he received as a gift from his sister. However, he received his fine art training from the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, He studied life drawing with Don La Cedra at the Copley Society. He is an accomplished artist who works primarily in oil and watercolor.

When Barry moved to New Jersey, he met Mary, a fellow artist and the love of his life, and for many years, they painted together and developed their paintings of early 20th century towns and train stations in rural New Jersey.. They delighted art lovers and viewers with the authenticity of the scenes of days gone by. Mary died too young, but Barry has continued to paint and develop these themes.

He paints on location or in his Fort Lee, New Jersey studio. His favorite subjects are sailing ships and railroad trains and stations in New York and New Jersey. His rendering of old railroad depots brings them to life., and achieves wonderful historical accuracy by using vintage photos and postcards as reference. He also enjoys painting portraits of homes.

His work has enjoyed recognition in the United States and all over the world, and has earned countless awards including First Place and Best in Show. His artwork is in the permanent collection of the Easton Historic Society in Easton, Mass., and in many Library's and borough Halls and other State facilities and private collections.

Barry is the hard working treasurer of the Fort Lee Artist Guild, where his tasks include collecting funds, paying bills, arranging programs and demonstrators for the Guild, and working on several art exhibitions during each year. He is an active member of the Fort Lee Historical Society, and finds time to contribute to the Hackensack Art Club, and the Art Center of New Milford.

2010 Exhibitions

Focus New JersBarry Shiff was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, raised in Boston, and you can still hear the New England twang in his speech. He moved to New Jersey in 1978, and stayed.

2010 Exhibitions

Focus New Jersey 2010 Art Exhibition, The Art Center of Northern NJ. November

2011 Exhibitions

Art in the Park Upper Montclair NJ. September 17, 18 Rose Squared Productions

Brookdale Park Bloomfield NJ. October 20, 21 Rose Squared Productions

Hackensack Cultural Center APRIL 29,30, 2011

Focus New Jersey 2011 Art Exhibition, The Art Center of Northern NJ. - July

Focus New Jersey 2011 Art Exhibition, The Art Center of Northern NJ. - November

Bergen County Annual Senior Juried Art Show, Marcella Geltman Gallery, New Milford, NJ. - July

Pascack Art Association’s Annual “Art in the Park” Exhibit, Hillsdale, NJ. - June 18, 20111

2012 Exhibitions

Ridgewood Art association Juried Art Show at the Barn February 2012

Bergen County Annual Senior Juried Art Show, Marcella Geltman Gallery, New Milford, NJ. - July

Affiliations

National Board of Directors, American Artist Professional League

Treasurer Fort Lee Artist Guild

Honorary member Hackensack Art Club

Fort Lee Historic Society

Demonstration Experience

Fort Lee Artist Guild April 2009 RR Station

Hackensack Art Club March 2010 RR Station

Rutherford Art Association may 2010 RR Station

Women Club Jewish Community Center September 2011 RR Station

Hackensack Art Club March 2012 Sailing Ship

Honors and Awards

Ridgewood Art Institute January 2013 C. Eric Holdeman Memorial Award "Stag Hound"

Fort Lee Art in the Park Setember 22,2012 Best Oil " Motif # 1 Rockport"

Fort Lee Library December 2012 Best Watercolor "Cape Cod Window Box"

Fort Lee Art and Music Festival June 3,2012 Best Historical Painting "Stag Hound"

Winterfest December 2011 Fort Lee, Public Library First Place "Another Broadside" USS Constitution and HMS Java"

Focus New Jersey 2011 Art Exhibition, The Art Center of Northern NJ. - November Honorable Mention

Paskack Art Association's Annual Art in the Park Hillsdale June 18, 2011 High Achievement Award "USS Constitution and HMS Java"

Hackensack Cultural Center APRIL 29,30, 2011 Best in the show "USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere"

Third place Watercolor "Sconset 1900"

Fort Lee Art and Music Festival June 5, 2011 Best Historic Painting "Palisades Amusement Park 1908"

Fort Lee Art in the Park October 12, 2010 Best Watercolor "USS Constellation and French Frigate l'insurgent"

Fort Lee Art and Music Festival June 4, 2010 Best Historic Painting "Fort Lee main and Hudson Street 1904"

Fort Lee Art and Music Festival June 3, 2009 Best Historic Painting "Fort Lee Colombia and Abbortt Blvd"

Art in the Park Clifton June 4, 2009 First Prize for "Constitution and Guerriere"

Fort Lee Library show December,1 to 30, 2009 First Place Oils "USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere"

Fort Lee Art in Park September 12, 2009 Best oils "Spring Lake Bridge 1902"

Fort Lee Library Show December 1 to 30, 2006 Best in the Show “Newark Military Park 1901"

Your Favorite Train Station

I will do an Original painting of your Favorite Depot

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