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Jon Shaw

    My work is produced in a rapid and often feverish manner. I have learned that if I cannot finish a piece within a sitting or two I become bored with it and move on, meaning that work might never reach completion. This immediacy results in faster more expressive work whilst leaving me craving my next painting’s creation.

    I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mount Allison University. While there I focused on painting, animation and metal sculpture. I graduated in 2008 and have since enjoyed pursuing as many artistic endeavours as I can shake a paintstick at.

    I currently live in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I am an admirer of all things beautiful, an absorber of creative ideology, and a rider of busses. I consume a bit more caffeine daily than may be considered adequate, and I prefer conversation and games of chess to television. On some days I run, on others I lounge. In all cases I make the most of my personal surroundings and adventures.



Artist web address: www.jonshawpaintings.com
Canada






painting>things>other

Dungeness Crab Legs
by Jon Shaw

This is an oil on panel painting of the legs of a discarded Dungeness crab carapace.

This is from a body of work that consists of painted images of the discarded remnants of crabs and lobsters that I gather from local restaurants.

It is the act of consumption that reveals a new presence in these creatures, showcasing new colours, textures and shapes. The internal carapace has hidden wonders, a whole new level of artistic exploration not visible from the outside - valleys, caves, caverns and layers. These are only revealed after the creature has been cooked, served and the meat removed and eaten.

This process of conscious destruction results in unique configurations and arrangements that are fascinating and ironically beautiful.

This painting is created on primed masonite panel. It is 10" high, 8" wide and 1/16" deep. The standard size of this work means it will fit a large selection of frames. This painting is shipped unframed. This painting is signed.


size: 10H 8W 1/16D inches
weight: 0.5 lb quanity: 1



painting>things

Orange Pepper 2
by Jon Shaw

This is an oil on panel painting of the remnant scraps from an orange pepper.

This body of work consists of painted images of the internal components of various coloured peppers.

I find the internal-external relationship intriguing. I am particularly attracted to peppers, for their interesting shapes and bright colours. The varying textures that are revealed once the pepper is cut open or torn apart is a satisfying contrast. The smooth, waxy external surface is contrasted by the deep, cavernous richness of the feathery, pulpy interior.

This painting is created on primed masonite panel. It is 8" high, 10" wide and 1/16" deep. The standard size of this work means it will fit a large selection of frames. This painting is shipped unframed. This painting is signed.


size: 8H 10W 1/16D inches
weight: 0.5 lb quanity: 1



painting>portrait

Sarah
by Jon Shaw


This is an oil on cardboard painting of Sarah S, one of the portraits I painted of various acquaintances from my years living in Sackville, New Brunswick.

In order to break from the familiar and often redundant look and feel of traditional portraits I make sure to take my own unique approach to these paintings.

I paint on cardboard to remove the preciousness that comes with painting on smooth, prepared canvas. I often allow the textures and imperfections of the cardboard to show through, showcasing the natural warmth that I find very attractive. This enhances my bright and often unnatural colour palette, allowing the essence of the paint and colour relationships to tell an interesting narrative. Finally, I capture these faces in unposed and, what I feel to be, more natural expressions.

This painting is created on unprimed cardboard. It is approximately 18" high, 25" wide and approximately 1/8" deep. This painting is shipped unframed. This painting is signed.


size: 18H 25W 1/8D inches
weight: 0.25 lb quanity: 1


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