2021 Digital / Graphic Design
My hybrid optical art printmaking process can be used to create either animated graphics or three-dimensional imagery. The basis for my art is a technique invented in the early 1900s to make 3D pictures that could be viewed without special glasses or viewing instruments. The ability to create animated art with this process was discovered years later.
Original Digital Paintings created entirely on a computer. The inspiration for the paintings are vintage toys and games from the 1950s. The artwork is created with a graphics tablet and software applications for drawing and painting. Limited editions of each image are printed using archival inks and paper. Computer Software used : Inkscape for Drawing, Photoshop for Painting. Hardware used: Apple iMac, Wacom Tablet, EPSON Stylus Pro 3800 Printer.
Shawn Ray Harris
Shawn Harris grew up living in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended the University of Utah studying painting, film making, and photography, graduating in 1995 with a BFA, photography emphasis. In 2003 he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant which helped build a portfolio of work giving him confidence to move to a larger city. In 2008 he became a resident of a 35 person artist’s community in San Francisco that came into existence in the late 1960’s. Living with a group of professional artists in the city was a beautiful think tank, full of inspiration. Having developed his current aesthetic/language over eight years, he was ready to move out of the ‘concrete jungle’. He now practices his art in a small town in Colorado, living in a house built in 1890, on the border of New Mexico
St. Louis, Missouri
My artwork consists of archival, limited edition, signed and numbered, ink on paper prints created using a unique technique combining my photography, drawing and coloring individual shapes and then layering them together digitally. The artwork resembles a silkscreen or woodblock print, but the palette is limitless, with vivid saturated colors.
Memories weave our past; forever intersecting lives and places. They are an unfolding tapestry ever present in my work. The pieces I create are designed with a graphic twist; made from original, vintage, and altered images, wood, acrylic, opalescent paints, and transparency film. My work tell stories that are rich in color, vintage in thought, and contemporary at heart. Whimsical yet structured, blending sentimental themes such as iconic circus and amusement park imagery or elements of nature with cultural themes, all using bold applications of color and contemporary graphic sensibility.
My imagery ranges from landscapes to still lives to rather techno-centric imagery. For me, technology has been both a boon and a curse. I’m constantly frustrated by it, but, I’m also surprisingly enthusiastic about the possibilities of using technology as an art medium.
I’ve been selling my work full time since 1978. Highlights include Show awards at the Milwaukee Lakefront Arts Festival, Old Towne Art Fair,Ann Arbor Street Fair,Etc.My work is included in the permanent collections of The Negro League Baseball Museum, The University of Iowa, The McDonald’s Corporation,Borg Warner Corp,The State of Illinois (Springfield,ILL.), The University of Wisconsin, The Rockford art museum, etc.