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Historic train station of NJ •Paintings of New Jersey & New York • NJ historic train stations Prints & art


MY Statement


“My subject matter is Nostalgic Historic New Jersey, I bring back the memories of good old days. Traditional paintings of old Railroad Station, Towns, Boardwalks, and Amusement Parks. In my paintings I capture life as It was at the early 20th century. My Seascape, Sailing Ships glide across the oceans.  I use traditional materials, watercolors on paper, and oils on canvas, My brush stokes move gently across the paper, or canvas. Everything is captured in the spontaneous strokes and movement of the brush.”


     





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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 Libraries’ and borough Halls and other State facilities and private collections. 

Barry worked as an Art director many years for Calmont Label Co. Graphic artist for Intergraph Technology, Now the Vice President, of the Fort Lee Artist Guild, arranging programs and demonstrators for the Guild, and working on several art exhibitions during each year.  He is an active member of the American Artist Professional League it serving on the Board of Directors,    Member of the Fort Lee Historical Society, and now Vice President, Hackensack Art Club.

2010 Exhibitions

 Focus New Jersey Barry Shiff was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, rose 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

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

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

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 

Hackensack Cultural Center APRIL 29,30, 2011 

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

 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 Ridgewood Art Institute February 2012

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

Member:

National Board of Directors, American Artist Professional League 

Treasurer Fort Lee Artist Guild Honorary member Hackensack Art Club Fort Lee Historic Society  

Member:

National Board of Directors, American Artist Professional League 

Treasurer Fort Lee Artist Guild 

Honorary member Hackensack Art Club 

Fort Lee Historic Society

Awards

Ridgewood Art Institute Regional Open Juried Show January 20, 2018 Ulrich Award "Young America" watercolor

Fort Lee Library Show December 1, 2015, Best Watercolor  Constitution &
Guerriere"

Fort Lee Community Center September 27, 2015 Best Oil Constitution & Guerriere"

Van saun Park October 12, 2013 2 prize Watercolor Clipper ship "Young America"

Art at the Community Center September 29, 2013 Fort Lee Best oil "Columbus circle 1907"

Art & Music Festival June 2, 2013 Fort Lee Best in the Show "Ariel & Taeping Racing Home" 

St John the Baptist Church art show, May 17-18, 2013 Best in the Show "Young America"

Hackensack cultural center Art show April 27-28 Best in the show "young America" W/C

Ridgewood Art Institute January 2013 C. Eugene Haldeman Memorial Award "Stag Hound"

Fort Lee Art in the Park September 22, 2012 Best Oil " Motif # 1 Rock Port"

Winter Festival 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"

Fort Lee, Public Library December 2011 Best oil "Another Broadside" Constitution & Java

Paskack Art Association's Annual "Art in the Park" Exhibit' Hillsdale, NJ. High  Achievement Award for "Another Broadside" Constitution and Java

Hackensack Cultural Center  APRIL 29,30, 2011 Best in the show "USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere" third place in Watercolor "Sconset 1900" 

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

Art in the Park Hillsdale, June 18, 2011 High Achievement Award "USS Constitution and HMS Java"
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 Abbott Blvd"
Art in the Park Clifton June 4, 2009 First Prize for "Constitution and Guerriere"

Winter Festival Fort Lee Library 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"

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




For a Truly Unique Gift

Commission an original Painting of your Home

by artist Barry Shiff

Home Portraits artist Barry Shiff helps you to create the perfect gift to yourself, or for a love one’s housewarming Special birthday, Anniv ersary. His vibrant house painting will grace the walls of your home, an heirloom to enjoy for generations.

Paintings of boat, and your favorite Station

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