Shawn Snow

My paintings are abstract, but have a sense of visual depth as in landscape. I do a lot of controlled glazing, spraying, and splattering to achieve the effects that I enjoy. I use those techniques to make my work visually dynamic, charging the image with energy and inner power.

I like patina and rust, and all variety of visual texture. These things convey age to me. The appearance of aging is important to me because it makes me feel grounded in something very earthly and primeval; something ancient and mysterious; like walking into an unknown world and seeing some eroded stone statuary.

I like visual depth and atmosphere; as if that unknown world is lit through a white mist and the shadows are deep and cool. The air is heavy with moisture and everything glistens.

I like contrast and motion; colors colliding and pulling apart. Like the view of that shadowy unknown world suddenly atomized and flash frozen; forms are shattered and then re-formed; and though resisting complete solidity, they exude an essential familiarity.

With those ideas in mind, I made paintings that I felt were full of energy; foaming, flowing, bursting; but simultaneously cooling and freezing; returning to the solid state. Smaller cycles gave way to larger ones, which coalesced into patterns unforeseen but were innately recognizable in the end.

That’s when the naming took place.


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