About John M. Barber

Nationally acclaimed artist, John M. Barber, has painted the Chesapeake Bay and the eastern seaboard for many years. He is also fond of painting cityscapes and architecture but his heart is truly in the maritime subjects, primarily the Chesapeake and its vanishing ways of life. We often find in his work the few remaining oyster dredging skipjacks and other traditional vessels, lighthouses and harbors. Calling John Barber the "premier chronicler of Chesapeake Bay life, "J. Russell Jinishian, a leading authority on contemporary marine art, praised the artist's technical skill and painstaking attention to detail. "Many artists paint skipjacks," he explained, "but John's emotive depth puts him on another level entirely. Should the skipjacks disappear, " he noted, "Barber's paintings will provide a valuable historical record of the waterman's era for generations to come." The artist's career has been rich in accolades and accomplishments, a few of which are listed here:

1979 - Charter Member-American Society of Marine Artists. 1984 - Presented the Chesapeake Appreciation Days Award in recognition of his efforts to preserve, through his art, the last remaining Chesapeake Bay Skipjacks.

1985 - Commissioned by the National Geographic Society to create an original oil painting for President Ronald Reagan, which was presented in a White House ceremony.

1985 - The Izaak Walton League paid tribute to the artist for his continued contribution to the Bay with their Chesapeake Bay Conservation Award.

1987 - Elected to the Board of Trustees of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

1992 - Two Barber paintings included in the U.S. State Department's "Art in Embassies" Programs, exhibiting his work in American Embassies abroad.

1994 - Presented the Medallion of Honor by the Virginians of Maryland.

1996 - Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum published John M. Barber's Chesapeake, a retrospective fine art book and visual treasury of the artist's career.

1998 - Selected to represent Virginia by creating a painting of the White House in Washington DC in commemoration of the bicentennial of the President's home.

 

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