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Lebron James Summer Camp - 2008

October 3rd, 2014

Lebron James Summer Camp - 2008

On Wednesday, 6/25/08 LeBron was presented with a gift, the matted and framed Jordan James print that a satisfied customer had purchased.

Ray Donovan Showtime Art

September 15th, 2014

Ray Donovan Showtime Art

Ray Donovan, one of my favorite shows now for 2 reasons. 1. It's an awesome show. 2. It has now several times featured my boxing art in its show.

If you haven't seen it, check it out!!!

Wikipedia - Dream Team Art

October 7th, 2013

Wikipedia - Dream Team Art

When someone searches the 1992 Olympics Mens USA Basketball Team, better known as the Dream Team, they will see my artwork on the Dream Team Wikipedia page.

Dream Team donated to National Art Museum Of Sport - NAMOS

July 9th, 2013

Dream Team donated to National Art Museum Of Sport - NAMOS

The Dream Team artwork is now a permanent display at the National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS).

Commitment To Excellence In Art And Sport 2011 Exhibit NAMOS

July 9th, 2013

Commitment To Excellence In Art And Sport 2011 Exhibit NAMOS

Tamir Barkan Painting Chosen for National Art Museum of Sport Exhibit 2011

The Dream Team, a watercolor painting by Tamir Barkan, an artist in Southern California, has been selected by a jury for inclusion in the Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport exhibit at the National Art Museum of Sport at University Place on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The exhibit, which includes 50 sport paintings, sculptures and photographs will run until April 20, 2011. They were selected in a global competition for sports artists conducted by the Museum. There were entries from over twenty-six states and six countries with more than fifty-seven sports or sports related subjects represented.

The 1992 USA Olympic Mens Basketball Team, known as the Dream Team, is considered one of the greatest basketball teams assembled in modern history. Members of the Dream Team include Christian Laettner, David Robinson, Scottie Pippen, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Clyde Drexler and Chris Mullen. Chuck Daly was the head chief coach.

Tamir Barkan is a self-taught artist who typically draws images of sports or family. Barkan has created similar compilations of athletes, Yankees Legends and The Greatest Athletes of All Times.

Founded in 1959 in New York City by the late Germain G. Glidden, a portrait artist and national squash champion, the National Art Museum of Sport holds one of the nations largest collections of art depicting sport. Over 40 sports are represented in the over 900 paintings, sculptures and works on paper in the collection. Among the artists in the collection are Ogden Pliessner, Winslow Homer, George Bellows, Joe Brown, Ray Ellis, James Fiorentino and Alfred Boucher.
The Museums first home was in Madison Square Garden in New York. It has been in Indianapolis, Amateur Sport Capital of the World, since 1990.

The Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport fine art competition and exhibit support the Museums two-pronged mission to encourage sports artists in their efforts to create sport art and to collect, preserve and share the best examples of sports art it can acquire.
The National Art Museum of Sport at 850 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, is open free to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. week days. For group tours and weekend hours, call 317.274.3627 or e-mail; more information at

Shalom LA - 5.19.2006

July 9th, 2013

Shalom LA - 5.19.2006


Kobe and the Guys

Tamir Barkan, a Business Administration student from Santa Clarita, draws the stars of the NBA with an artist’s hand and awaits the big break. His first exposure. (By Ayala Or-El, page 10)

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Local Pride | Ayala Or-El


Brilliant illustrator, insistent on doing only what he loves and not surrendered to the Hollywood Scene. Tamir Barkan – remember you read about him first here.

Tamir Barkan, 24, never studied art, and despite that, he creates amazing works of art that cause the admirer to believe that he is a professional artist. Until today, Barkan drew for the inside of the drawer, or, in the best case, for the walls of his Santa Clarita home. But after massive encouragement from his parents, Shaul & Nitzan, Barkan decided that it is time for his first exposure.

“I don’t know exactly where to start,” he admits shyly, “so I decided to start with the newspaper.”

Many believe that Barkan’s drawings, which are being published for the first time here, will go far. Barkan draws using a regular pencil (yes, the kind used in school) and succeeds to copy many basketball personalities that have been photographed in magazines.

“I love to draw what I love and I love basketball,” he says in Hebrew with an American accent.

He doesn’t have a preference for a specific basketball team, but rather likes to draw players he admires like Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’neal, Michael Jordan, and notable scenes from sporting events, like the infamous match between Mike Tyson and Ivander Holyfield. His drawings are amazing in their likeness. Often, it seems like a photograph rather than a drawing.

“That is the biggest compliment you can give me,” admits Barkan, “because I strive to bring these figures to paper as accurately as possible, and when it is successful, it brings me enormous joy.”

When he is not drawing, Barkan is studying for his Masters in Business Administration at Cal State, Northridge. Though he is still unsure of what he will do “when he grows up,” he would be thrilled to combine his drawing in his future professional life.

Barkan came to the USA with his parents when he was only two years old. His early years were spent in Kibbutz Kinneret. The family settled in New Jersey, where his father worked as an Engineer. After several years, they decided to trade the East Coast cold for the West Coast sun and landed in Los Angeles. The family settled in Santa Clarita, near the father’s new workplace.

The young Barkan remembers that he always loved to draw. “I was the artist of my class. Wherever there were special projects in class, they always asked me to draw. I never thought to turn drawing into a profession, it was only a hobby.”

The childhood hobby gained substantial momentum a few years ago when Barkan played around with his pencil during a boring class and discovered that his is much more than just a hobby. He was able to reproduce a photograph of a basketball player on the cover of his notebook in matching detail, so much so, that it appeared to be a print of the original photograph. Since that moment, he hasn’t stopped drawing. Mostly, basketball players, but sometimes he also draws friends and family members who bug him to immortalize them on paper.

“I assume I would be able to find a job as an artist at one of the animation studios, but I don’t like drawing those kinds of things; I want to draw what I love, not what I am required to draw.”

A while back, he sent pictures to the stars of the Lakers, but never received a response. “It’s possible they never even received the drawings,” he says. “I assume they get a lot of fan mail and don’t receive a lot of it personally.” For now, and until his drawing adorn the walls of the homes of the stars like Lebron James, Vince Carter, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Scottie Pippen, and all the guys, his drawings will be kept in his huge portfolio and will wait patiently to be discovered.