These paintings are formed around my own photographs of buildings, street views, and landscapes. But rather than becoming facsimiles of those places, these works sway into notions of abstraction. The photographs act as scaffolding, a useful tool only to be removed upon completion. The presence of the photos is a constant and pivotal source of inspiration, but ultimately, these paintings are constructions where the facts of representation have been blurred with my own perceptions and painting ideologies.
Shawn Evans was born (1986) in Regina, Saskatchewan, and maintains a connection to the city through representation at the Assiniboia Gallery. He moved to Calgary to attend the Alberta College of Art and Design where he graduated from the painting department with honours in 2009. Recently, Shawn started showing with Barbara Edwards Contemporary and is preparing for his second solo show with the gallery this May. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.