Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Anatomical study of the skeletal foot by Estudio Barbour Atelier student Jenine Hillaire

Monday, June 6, 2011

Estudio Barbour Atelier Summer Workshops:


Advanced Long Pose Portrait Drawing 2 Day We
ekend Workshop with master artist and instructor
Zimou Tan

June 25-26th 2011 10-4pm

This 2 day weekend workshop will be held on June 25th- 26th 2011
from 10-4pm.

$215 total per person to attend.

Workshop will be located or hosted at Estudio Barbour Atelier in
San Leandro, California.

To sign up or for information email:

Estudio Barbour Atelier Summer Workshop: Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting With Landscape Painter Monty Lumba

Date: July 2nd, 9th, and the 16th 2011
Time:11 am-3pm

Monty Lumba was the recipient of the American Artists Professional League's Alden Bryan Memorial Award for Traditional Landscape in Oil.

Only 15-20 people total will be allowed to attend, -$250 total per person to attend for the entire 3 day workshop. Hosted by
Estudio Barbour Atelier.

To sign up or for information:


Friday, February 18, 2011


Recent Works By James Xavier Barbour

Here are some new works that I have recently created. I will occasionally post some various examples of paintings, drawings, and sculpture. I hope that you enjoy and I welcome any comments or questions.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"The Pieta" by Michelangelo

I have selected to briefly discuss Michelanglelo's "Pieta " in relationship to artistic and anatomical qualities which have inspired me personally. For me,- it has been a work that has always inspired me - I have studied the sculpture in person several times. Michelangelo and the High Renaissance period are among my specialty areas in Art History. He is perhaps my favorite artist of all time. I love the way that despite the fact that the sculpture weighs so much and would indeed require several strong people in order to lift it, -that it defies this material of marble and reality of weight. Michelangelo permits us through his careful skill and attention to detail to believe in the illusion of real flesh, anatomical descriptions of the muscles and bones. Through his work "Pieta " we forget the real world weight of the stone and see the work as composed of only real human weight - He makes us forget temporarily about the materials, the labor, the process, and instead feel the emotional power of this moment or story, the believability of the fingers of Mary pressing into his skin, the pulse of blood in their veins or in the very moment after the last breath has left the body of Christ. To think that one person could create a work in stone that captures so much of life and the eternal or universal in one piece of stone motivates me to accomplish the same as an artist.

James Xavier Barbour

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sunday, August 31, 2008







The notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci reveal a full range of Leonardo's versatile genius: his writings on painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, mining, inventions, music. If you have ever wondered what Leonardo thought, then these are the books to acquire. Leonardo's philosophical ideas, lives of where he lived and his surroundings, his theories on color, perspective, proportion, architecture, foliage, physiology and so many other things that the Da Vinci was curious about are found within these precious writings of the High Renaissance master .

Throughout the book and amidst the text are Leonardo's sketches, thumbnail sketches, workings of famous pieces such as the Last Supper, some anatomical drawings - and in those pages you can see Leonardo's handwriting which he tended to write backwards. The value and reference is endless, especially for the artist.His anatomical studies were a watershed moment, because they introduced anatomical skeletal and muscular diagrams as the standard for communicating knowledge of the body and self. In a time when this kind of anatomical examination was considered profane,taboo, illegal and against the teachings of the Catholic Church, Da Vinci was convinced that the true knowledge of the shape of any body could only be arrived at by seeing it from different aspects.

By knowing what was going on under the skin of the human anatomy, he could correctly project the exterior in his art. This process held great value for Da Vinci. Surgery of dead bodies would however lead Leonardo in breaking many religious laws of the time and put his life in risk of being put death . The human body was of so much interest to Leonardo that he believed that there was a deeper connection between the workings of the Universe and the human being.

As a professional fine artist, and human anatomist I have taken part in several gross anatomy clinics and conducted my own dissections and hundreds of different studies of the human body and found that my personal understanding of the human body and my artistic skill has grown from this and through examination of Da Vinci's examinations of the subject. The truth of the body, the truth of the human being can only be discovered by looking at the body from multiple aspects, like; level, motion, perspective, transformation and growth. He opened up the body, it had always been closed, now its open. Now exam the body and focus your mind and within you will find that the body itself provides us the very essence of what it means to be human.

Professor, Anatomist, and Professional Fine Artist,

James Xavier Barbour

I have provided all of you with the means to get you started on your personal journey


Friday, August 22, 2008

The Estudio Barbour Atelier/ Old Master Techniques & Artistic Anatomy Forum

The Estudio Barbour Atelier / Old Master Techniques /Artistic Anatomy Forum

This blog has been built by professional fine artist and professor James Xavier Barbour and Estudio Barbour Atelier as a personal blog and resource site which provides inspiration, education and valuable discussion on artistic human anatomy, classical old master techniques and figurative art. All works presented on this site are fully copyrighted and credited to James Xavier Barbour and Estudio Barbour Atelier . It was created in the hope of honoring the classical art influence of the old masters, to educate, or to inspire the study of these techniques and in human anatomy. For more information or to contact please visit: