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Showing: Shawn Huckins – “Fool’s Errand” @ K Contemporary

This weekend in Denver at K Contemporary, an exhibition from Shawn Huckins (featured) opened that focuses on “our relationships with the past and how it affects our current state of the world and our place in it.” Continuing his practice of altering historical paintings (but without the overlaid text he is known for), the new body of work instead juxtaposes Roman sculpture over classic 18th century American paintings as a preemptive warning of a failed society. Take a look at more photos from the show below… Discuss Shawn […]

Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Staring At The Sun” @ Foster/White Gallery

On June 6th, Foster/White Gallery in Seattle will be presenting a new show from Shawn Huckins (featured) entitled Staring At The Sun. Featuring two distinct bodies of work that share references to American paintings from The White House Art Collection as well as those held in prestigious museums nationwide, the work is a reflection of how the Denver-based artist sees politics in our currently divided country. The Erasures series features replicas of historical paintings superimposed by the familiar gray and white checkered pattern signifying where a software’s ‘eraser’ tool has […]

Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Fool’s Gold” @ Modernism Gallery

Coming up on July 11th, Shawn Huckins (featured) will opening a solo show at Modernism Gallery in San Francisco. Entitled Fool’s Gold, the exhibition will feature 18 works from the Denver-based artist’s The Erasures series, replicated paintings from The White House Art Collection with seemingly randomly painted erasure marks superimposed over top – the familiar gray and white checkered pattern signifies a software’s ‘eraser’ tool has removed the underlying image. Continuing Huckins’ practice of overlaying familiar elements of the modern age over traditional paintings, the new collection of acrylic on […]

Valentine’s Day 2018

With Valentine’s Day in full swing, many artists took to social media to send well wishes to their followers. Some took the opportunity to reveal never before seen work (James Jean above), show appreciation for their loved ones (KAWS below), or just share a piece of artwork that resonated with the special day with their fans. Click through the names to see examples of what some artist’s had to say – Joel Rea, Gary Taxali, Todd “REAS” James, Gary Baseman, Hellovon, Kenny Scharf, Stella Im […]

Upcoming: Shawn Huckins – “Athenaeum (I Can’t Pretend That This Is Poetry)” @ Foster/White Gallery

Coming up on October 5th, Shawn Huckins (featured) will be presenting new work at the Foster/White Gallery in Seattle. Athenaeum (I Can’t Pretend That This Is Poetry) will feature paintings from his two series – The American Revolution Revolution and The American __tier – both which highlight his distinctive aesthetic of classical 18th- and 19th- century style portraits overlaid with text referencing unique social media speak and texting acronyms. With this juxtaposition of modern day verbiage and classic imagery, Huckins brings up the question of whether how we communicate governs the value of what we […]

Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Somewhere to Nowhere” @ Goodwin Fine Art

Following up on his show there last year (covered), Shawn Huckins (featured) will be opening Somewhere to Nowhere at Goodwin Fine Art on June 9th. The new distinctive text-based works are a response to his previous body of work where he overlaid today’s digital conversations (complete with abbreviations and mistakes) over scenes of traditional 18th and 19th century paintings. This time around, he uses phrases he finds from traditional pen and paper communications from a time when words seemed to be chosen more carefully and more meaningful and combined it with […]

Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Everything Is Hilarious And Nothing Is Real” @ Modernism Inc

Next month (May 5th) in San Francisco, Shawn Huckins (featured) will be opening a new solo at Modernism Inc entitled Everything Is Hilarious And Nothing Is Real. The title of the show is also the text used and part of the name of one of his instantly recognizable paintings that will be on display featuring the Denver-based artist’s on-going series of 19th-century American painting replications overlaid by the new grammar and language of social media. Huckin’s special form of satire forces us to examine the contrast of […]

Previews: “Summer Group Show” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

On July 2nd, Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco will be opening their first Summer Group Show featuring work from their diverse roster of artists – painters, sculptors, muralists, installation, and textile artists. Spanning all types of mediums, you can expect more from the lineup of Aaron De La Cruz, Brett Amory, Casey Gray, Crystal Wagner, Derek Weisberg, Drew Leshko, Erin M. Riley (seen above), Erik Jones, GATS, Joel Daniel Phillips, Jessica Hess, John Wentz, Lucien Shapiro, Nychos, Ravi Zupa, Scott Scheidly, Shawn Huckins, Tracey Snelling, […]

Openings: Shawn Huckins – “The American _ _ tier” @ Goodwin Fine Art

AM was on hand for the April 17th opening reception of The American _ _ tier solo show from Shawn Huckins (see the recent studio visit here) at Goodwin Fine Art in Denver. There is an almost universal appeal to period specific portraits, as is evident in their prominence in museums and noteworthy collections. The real brilliance of Mr. Huckins’ work is adding a lighthearted element to this gorgeous portraiture, giving the viewer permission to enjoy a piece of work that without the addition of text could seem stuffy or overly serious, […]

Studio Visits: Shawn Huckins

When AM arrived at Shawn Huckins‘ studio in Denver’s trendy Lowry district, the paintings were finished, the oil dry and most already packed up and ready to send across town to Goodwin Fine Art for his solo show entitled American_tier opening April 17th (stay tuned for opening night coverage). Huckins is best known for his ability to engage viewers using classic style paintings of historical figures with overlaid text, the final piece being equal parts gorgeous portraiture and lighthearted humor. For each series, he has concentrated on a different period of […]