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19 Mar 2020

Dialogue + Studio: Hand Painting Workshop

Teaching artist David Barnett, cofounder of Brooklyn-based design studio Noble Signs, will discuss the vanishing art of hand-painted signs in New York City, followed by a hand-painting workshop using both freehand and transfer techniques found in the typographical works featured in American Perspectives.

The Dialogue + Studio Workshop series offers participants opportunities to gain insight into and engage with self-taught art, past and present, at a deep level. Focused discussions about select themes, techniques, and materials featured in current exhibitions couple with related expert-led hands-on workshops.


David Barnett is a graphic artist from New York City. As a creative director, he has worked in design, illustration, apparel, publishing, branding, and signage. In 2013, he cofounded his own studio called Noble Signs, specializing in branding and signage. His illustrations have been featured on the album covers of Curren$y, Ski Beatz, and Murs; he has also done illustration and design for Erykah Badu, Future Islands, Bun B, Real Estate, and Cam’ron and Jim Jones of the Diplomats, among others. In the spring of 2014, he held his first solo exhibition at Poppington Gallery in the Lower East Side, including digital illustration, several large paintings, and works in neon and LED light. He exhibited in four other New York area shows that year, in addition to exhibiting at Miami Art Basel. In 2016, he self-released his first book, Green Sky, in a limited edition of three hundred copies. As a designer with Noble Signs, he has worked with clients including Pentagram, Gensler, the Art Students League, Whitney Museum, Lawrence Wiener, Yoko Ono, Afropunk, BMW/Mini, Opening Ceremony, Marlow & Sons, and more. He has been featured in The New York Times, T Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, Clutch Magazine, Complex Magazine, Mass Appeal, The Daily News, and more.


Image: Fitts Jr. Store and Coffeehouse Trade Sign; artist unidentified; vicinity of Shelburne, Massachusetts; 1832; paint on wood with wrought iron; 22 3/8 x 34 ½ in. oval.; Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, gift of Margery and Harry Kahn. Photo by John Parnell.

5:30 pm–8:30 pm

$25 members, students, artists, seniors; $30 general public

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