This unique monoprint titled SOLD is like several others in Shawn Shepherd’s oeuvre that includes the title as the image. The vertically stacked letterpress text represents units on floors in a high-rise building that have been purchased and also refers back to the artwork upon sale. Shepherd’s preoccupation with the “artist as entrepreneur” within the larger global economy is at the heart of this series.
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.