Shawn Conn

Shawn Conn

Rochester, NY, United States

About Shawn Conn

Growing up at the tail end of the Atomic Age, Shawn (AKA: ShantyShawn) was inundated with the pop culture, branding and entertainment of the 60's, 70's and 80's. During a high school trip to The Albright-Knox art gallery in Buffalo, NY he discovered the artists, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock. That was the moment he made the decision to become a professional painter and merge his passion for both pop art and abstract expressionism.

After building a successful 30 year tattoo career, Shawn decided to devote his attention on his fine art career. Being in high demand, he continues to tattoo part time.

Shawn works in mixed media and acrylic, creating highly textured canvases and layers of color to achieve his end goal with a piece. He has also introduced digital art into his practice and combining traditional and digital techniques to bridge the gap between the two forms.

Education

Rochester Institute of Technology. Painting & Illustration

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2019:
-December Featured Artist, Mendon 64, Mendon, NY
-Windows Into Darkness, Whitman Works Co., Rochester, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2019:
-Magic & Mayhem, Whitman Works Co., Rochester, NY

2018:
-Solstice: Studies in Light & Dark, Whitman Works Co., Rochester, NY

​2017:
-Fairy Tales, Milkcrate Space, Hanover, MD

2013:
-In the Realm of Dreams and Fear, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

2011:
-Here Be Monsters, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The 40 oz Show, MF Gallery, New York, NY

2010:
-Level 13: Video Game Art, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN

2009:
6x6x2009, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
-Art Awake, Pixley Warehouse, Rochester, NY
-Superheroes & Supervillains, Look At This Gallery, Chang Mai, Thailand

2008:
-Art Awake, Studio 55, Rochester, NY
-6x6x2008, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
-Freedom & Resident Artists IV, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN
-Monster Mash-up, Club Pearl, Rochester, NY

2007:
-The Board Show, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA
-Resident Artist's Show, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN
-CPopportunity!, CPop Gallery, Detroit, MI
-Dirty Little Secrets, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN
-Forbidden Art: Finance of Expression, Copenhagen, Denmark
-The Last Gasp, Washington School of Photography, Bethesda, MD

2006:
-The Guerrilla Art Show, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN
-The Dirty Show, Detroit, MI
-Dia De Los Meurtos, AKA Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
-A Carnivorous Delight, Gallery Noir, Los Angeles, CA
-The Art of Horror, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN
-International Art Money, Permanent Collection, Denmark
- The Sugar Coated Show, The Pop Shop, Lakewood, OH
The Last Big Thing, Baltimore, MD