Shawn Snow

I create controlled meditative fields of color by layering delicate glazes until a chromatic resonance is achieved. I like to work from complex to simple; unifying varied underlayers with broad bands of color, in a modified classical technique, adhering to the basic principles of the old masters while using modern materials.

Using tube oil with a fast drying alkyd medium, which allows me to build up successive layers rather quickly, as well as remove partially dry layers to reveal what lies beneath, I creat the complex underpainting. After establishing a basic dark and light composition, transparent and increasingly more resinous and "fat" layers are added, building the light capturing structure of the painting. This process is additive and reductive and relates to the thematic dualities to which I am attracted.

Complexity and simplicity; accumulation and reduction; chaos and control; light and dark; always working toward a balance of states; external and internal; one can only be perceived in relation to the other. The emergent horizon is that of contrast, in color and tone, rather than earth and sky. These are bands of energy coming to contact; outer atmospheres touching deep space; light fading to infinity; transmitting into the void.

I strive for purity in my paintings; to use colors as musical notes, to create color chords, scales and tones. I seek depth without illusion; to harness light to provoke a primal, emotive response. My goal is to create paintings that are experiencial, revealing themselves a layer at a time.

Lifelong inspirations are stains, stones, rusty metals, natural erosions and decay with all implied history, and very real entropy. As well as comic books, printmaking and science / fiction. As well as Rothko, Sam Francis, Frankenthaler, and Tapies. As well as strange music, strange film, and strange words.


Oil and Alkyd on Canvas


Solo Exhibits
2010 Sand Lake Center for the Arts Averill Park NY
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY
2008 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY
2006 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY
2005 Boon Gallery Salem MA
Gallery 100 Saratoga Springs NY
2003 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY
2002 Mohonk Arts High Falls NY
2001 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY
2000 Lorraine Kessler Gallery Poughkeepsie NY
1999 Gallery at R&F Kingston NY

Group Exhibits
2010 Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Beacon NY
ReInspired: An Artistic Navigation of the Erie Canal (traveling show)
2009 Fence Show Select, Troy Arts Center Troy NY
2008 Gallery 100, Saratoga NY
2004 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY
2003 Gallery 100, Saratoga NY
2002 Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz NY
2001 Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie NY
Cooperstown Art Museum, Cooperstown NY
2000 Gallery at R&F, Kingston NY
1999 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY
1998 Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock NY
1996 Castellani Art Museum, Niagara NY

1996 B.F.A. Painting
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester NY

2010 People’s Pixel Project, Finalist, Music Video Category, Lake George Arts Project

2007 “Finding Your Visual Voice”, by Dakota Mitchell
2006 Regional Reviews, Boon Gallery Exhibit, Art New England February Issue
2002 “Shawn Snow - Painter”, The Artful Mind June Issue