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Painted City Artist Roster - Shea Proulx

Artist Statement

I map out the patterns of life around me, embracing the inconsistency of forms in space over time. Areas sealed off by the laws of physics and biology might mingle together in the imaginary world of the picture plane. Perspectives and bodies open up and over-lap. Line drawings are especially fluid, as the mind of the viewer is allowed to fill in all the blanks. A line drawing of a fold is the greatest contradiction possible in line, for it epitomizes depth within an arena which exemplifies flatness. An interior referenced in this way, with a visual technology that doesn’t even pretend to contain a material interior, can only refer to spiritual interiority, a subject that is at once outside the frame and at its invisible centre, akin to that which know to be beyond the confines of any frame; our expansive and enigmatic souls.

Photo Gallery - Unclassified

  • Fetus Frenzy
  • Celestial Omega Rose
  • Anatomy Lesson
  • Lucretia
  • Paintings and Drawings

Artist Bio

Shea Proulx is a local artist with a BFA from Emily Carr and an MFA from UBC. Shea's grad projects were installations hand-drawn on the gallery walls. She peppered the city of Vancouver with murals throughout her studies, and has traveled as far as Chongqing, China, to install work. Rather than 'emerging' as an artist after graduating, Shea cocooned somewhat and started a family. In 2013, after ten inspiring years in Vancouver, Shea, her husband, and their two daughters returned to Calgary, the city she grew up in and the one her willing-to-babysit mother has lived in all her life. With that influx of childcare assistance, Shea started a publishing company called Hillgrove Books whose fledgling projects are an embryology themed adult colouring book called Alice In The Womb featuring the development of her firstborn, followed by ABC Monstrosity, a book for both preschoolers and their parents to enjoy.

Community Engagement

When planning new projects, I rely on my extensive catalogue of completed work to fuel discussions about imagery, materials and style. I also make my aesthetic choices based on the specific qualities of whatever space is available, and on input from people who share it. I especially like to create drawings that arise organically out of an environment, responding to subtle details in architecture, landscaping and viewpoints that might otherwise be taken for granted. Some of my murals celebrate the people using the space in portraiture, even when they are just getting from point A to point B. I'm a skilled at portraiture, but also able to transform gesture drawings based on mere instances in time into inventive imaginings. I welcome challenges, constraints and opinions because the more I embrace a spirit of cooperation, the more I find my work opens up into unthought-of territory.
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