the artist

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An intro
Shea’s work is a mix of techniques using acrylics, oil, oil pastels, markers, spraypaint, collage, foliage, and whatever else strikes his fancy at the current moment.

He is predominantly influenced by the modern European artists of the 20th century including Ernst, Klee, Miro, and of course Picasso. As well as pre-drip Pollock, Lam, and Matta. Drawing from Cubism, early Surrealists, Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and most importantly their Primitivism roots. Other sources of inspiration include, Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix, Thelonius Monk, Iain M Banks, Walt Whitman, Lao Tzu, Kashmir Shivaism, Phish, astro physics and Noel Fielding.

Shea was born and raised in Pueblo Colorado, hiking every summer in Alaska with his father, then spending much of his early adult years in New Mexico and Reno, then onto San Francisco, and moved to The Big Island of Hawaii in 2003. In 2011 he left his off-grid property in the rain forest of Hawaii built by his architect father (now deceased) to follow his heart to the inner west of Sydney. He found love and is now an Australian Resident. Don’t worry you’re not the first to say I hope she is worth it!

Shea has exhibited in Colorado, Hawaii, Vegas (what was shown in Vegas stays in Vegas), and is working on his first Australian show to open in March 2014 at the M2 Gallery in Surry Hills Sydney.

Artist Statement
“Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation .” Max Ernst

“Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.” Paul Klee

I expand on the automatism of the early surealist including the view of dream and absurdity over reason. Embracing the non-linear in themes like a child’s untrained perceptions, an alien’s transmitted language, an animal’s fear and rage at the enclosing concrete, emotions too primal for ‘process’ and explanation, the Primitivism core of wisdom and ritual where earth magic, ancestors, and the old gods come out to play, where String Theory and Dark Matter’s Mysteries flourish beyond the best scientific minds of the day.

I also steal the best from Cubism Expressionism, and Abstract Expressionism. I reject the Warhol aesthetic, the photo realistic painting, and the glossy white colored art made for rich white people to match there white walls.

The artist statement is mostly a load of bullshit (but somehow unavoidable).
Ultimately I paint because I am compelled to and an explanation on why and what it means falls short.

“Single baked bean what does it mean” Noel Fielding


Da Yuan Circle Berkeley California 2002
 – Orthodox Daoism

Ayurvedic Institute of Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM 1997-2000
 Ayurvedic Therapy, Bodywork, Herbalism, Consultation and Vedic Astrology

Colorado Springs Academy of Therapeutic Massage, Colorado Springs, CO 1996

Adams State College, Alamosa, CO 1992-1993
 Classical Guitar and Music Composition

University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, CO 1991-1992
 Art and Music Composition

University of Fairbanks Summer Fine Art Intensives for Young Adults, Fairbanks Alaska 
1988 and 1989 Drawing, Painting, Music Composition

Exhibitions (upcoming March 2014) – first Australian Show – M2 Gallery Surry Hills Sydney (Solo Exhibition)

Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art – Las Vegas (April – July 2011) (3 paintings).

East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo, Hawaii (34th Annual Spring 2010 group show) 2 paintings

Colorado State Fair Fine Art Exhibit (2009 group exhibit) 4 paintings

East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo, Hawaii (33rd Annual Fall 2009 group show) 3 paintings

East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo, Hawaii (33rd Annual Spring 2009 group show) 1 painting

Kiawe Kitchen, Volcano, Hawaii ( Sept. Oct. Nov.2009) (Solo Exhibition)

Wailoa Center for Culture and Arts, Hilo, Hawaii(Spring 2008 group show) 1 painting

Aloha Luigi’s, Hilo, Hawaii (May-June 2008) (Solo Exhibition)


International Contemporary Masters IV – Curated by Despina Tunberg Published 2011 by World Wide Art Books


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