Shawn Shepherd

Downtowners At MISSA, 2014

Monoprints, ink and coloured pencil

10 × 11 in

 11 x


 28 x



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About the work

This portfolio of 4 Downtowners monoprints has been produced by Shepherd using found printing plates of celebrity portraits from a newspaper archive. The artist subverts the celebrities by reshaping and reworking the plates before and during the printing process. Sometimes the process may include hand- colouring, stamping, and collage. In the past Shepherd has produced portraits where the focus is on making an identifiable image of the sitter. These prints are the reverse of that. The found portraits are being swallowed up in the process, becoming altered or sometimes lost, just as some people living in a downtown core of a city become swallowed up or lost with no connections to friends or family. This portfolio was produced by the artist at the Metchosin Summer School for the Arts in 2014 during free time between teaching classes to students.

Medium Prints
Signature Signed
Frame Unframed
Condition Excellent
Seller Artist
Location Victoria BC
Provenance The Artist

Shawn Shepherd


Multidisciplinary artist Shawn Shepherd has taken part in various facets of the Victoria, BC, art scene for thirty years, as an art collector, art dealer, curator, art teacher, graphic designer, publisher, and art jurist. Regional media channels SHAW TV, CTV, and CFUV Radio have interviewed Shepherd as well as newspapers and magazines such as: Boulevard Magazine, Focus Magazine, Galleries West, Monday Magazine, subTerrain Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Times Colonist, and Yam Magazine.

Born in Windsor, Ontario, Shepherd is heavily influenced by the blue collar assembly line work ethics of his upbringing as well as the US American media that dominated the popular culture of his town of birth. His paintings, sculptures, appliqué, drawings and prints have been informed by art history, human identity, and the discards of commercial culture. Shepherd is a colourist with an emphasis on the object as he borrows materials and subject matter from various aspects of the urban environment around him to realize the concepts that inform his work. Shepherd’s latest work examines the juncture of art and the economy. Shepherd’s graphic and colourful imagery recalls the Pop genre but offers a complex layering of concept and application, nothing is as simple as it appears in the artist’s work regardless of the medium.

The University of Victoria (2019), BC Arts Council (2018), City of Victoria (2017) and the Canada Council for the Arts (2012) have awarded Shepherd with grants. His work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Campbell River Art Gallery, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Deluge Contemporary Art, Kamloops Art Gallery, Nanaimo Art Gallery and Open Space Art Society. His paintings and prints are held in public gallery collections such as the Campbell River Art Gallery, Comox Valley Art Gallery, University of Victoria, University of Texas, Kamloops Art Gallery, and corporate collections including Deborah Page Projects, De Hoog & Kierulf Architects, D.H. Moore Architect Inc. and TD Bank; as well as private collections in Canada, China, England, Japan, Switzerland and the USA. Shepherd holds an MFA (Visual Arts) from the University of Victoria.


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