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Shane Turner

 
Posted September 15th, 2013 @ 9:42am

Shane Turner is an artist that I feel will leave a huge impact on the art scene due to his willingness to experiment and stand out. Based in Canada, Shane has a unique take on taking basic subject matter and transforming it into beautiful artwork. The appreciation of the female form are great staples in his art and his ability to create with a more imaginative approach leave you with a greater appreciation for his creative mind. I interviewed Shane to get more insight on his more fashion inspired pieces, his experimentation with “dripping” paintings and what he is working on next. This is his story….

When did you first start painting? What did you paint?

I've been drawing since I was a kid. Painting really just gradually stemmed from that, when I was about 15 or 16 I started taking it seriously. The first things I painted were a mixture of original drawings based on years of trying to redraw characters from comics, graffiti styled lettering, and trying to copy magazine ads.

 

Tell me about your simulated “dripping” paintings. Why did you decide to use the female form for these simulations?

Over the years I've tried to figure out interesting ways of approaching common subject matter to try to make my work stand out. The idea of trying to imagine how liquid would follow specific contours seemed like a cool thing to try to do. Putting that idea to work combined with the illusion toward the female form was a no brainer for me. The female form has always been inspiring to me; I really think it's one of the most beautiful things in nature.  

 

The pieces that have women wearing sunglasses have a retro/fashion feel. Are you paying homage to a certain time period or fashion era?  What is the symbolism of the painted city that is shown as a reflection in the glasses?

I've learned a lot from advertising over the years in terms of design, and a lot of the imagery I worked with initially was appropriated from parts of old magazine ads. Fashion is definitely a big interest of mine, and I think these paintings represent that fairly well. There are elements of comic style drawing, fashion, and pop-art feel. So there's not necessarily a specific era in mind, but more of a fashion theme with a lot of negative space to convey a design that most people can associate with. The city reflection was really a combination of my interest in the architectural landscape and the beauty of the Montreal city skyline in general. I really just thought combining the city with the face of a woman, would make a nice design that could create a contrast between the smooth facial contours and stricter architectural city lines.

How do you involve music into your pieces?

It's funny actually, I usually don't realize until I've done it. That's why most of my pieces wind up with a song title as their name. I listen to music all the time, and sometimes I'll try to envision what a song might mean, or how it might look if you had to put it into a single frame like a painting. The idea of reimagining elements from one art form and representing them in a different way has always intrigued me. It's probably similar to when you see a music video for a song you like; sometimes you're totally in sync with the vision of the director. But sometimes you might feel differently as to the meaning or feeling of the song and how it was portrayed. It has a lot to do with my connection to the music I listen to and how it affects me on a subconscious level.

 

One of my favorite pieces of yours is “Brick By Brick”. It has a street art feel to it by giving the illusion of spray paint on a brick wall. How have you been influenced by street art?

When I was about 9, I was introduced to the culture of tagging and graffiti in general by friends of my older brother. Since then I've always tried to find ways to adopt the styles of graffiti lettering and characters in my work. Also, like the city reflection in the glasses, the actual feeling of the city has always been something that I liked: the look of a city during the day versus night, and just all the textures on roads, walls and buildings. Brick by Brick was one of my attempts at recreating those textures with paints and mediums, and doing a female figure in my style that could resemble street art. But yeah, it was definitely a response to how street art has become accepted as art thanks to artists like Banksy. People literally will remove sections of their walls to preserve and profit from sections of wall Banksy has painted on. His work is very inspiring in general, and it's nice to see people starting to respect the talent of new generations of artists.

 

How is the art scene in Canada? What do you feel you have contributed to the scene?

Oh man, I wish I knew. Since I was 17 I've been selling my work independently and marketing myself online, relying heavily on word of mouth. I'm not as big a part of the scene as I want to be, yet. There are definitely big things happening all the time that I hear about in Montreal and Toronto, but I have yet to be a real big part of any of it. I recently returned to university in Fine Arts to help expand my knowledge since I've been completely self taught until now. Hopefully when I'm done I'll have a lot more knowledge of what's really going on in the Canadian art scene.

 

What are you currently working on?

I am working on more experimentation with the female form. Also, I am trying to take the colorful dripping style in a more linear direction to focus on the contrast between straight lines and the natural curves of the body. Also, luckily, a lot of commission work in the form of murals and original paintings, which help fund my artistic endeavors. Interestingly, one of them is likely going to involve the LA city skyline, so look out for that. I've also been working on my video editing skills for my YouTube channel where I have recently started posting making of videos of some of my work.

For More Information:

Shaneturnerart.com

Facebook.com/shaneturnerart

Youtube.com/shaneturnerart

Twitter.com/shaneturner

 

-Adrianne 

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