St. Catharines-based artist Jon Shaw is showcasing his work at Shannon Passero in downtown Thorold until the end of the year
St. Catharines-based artist Jon Shaw is the latest artist showcasing his work at Shannon Passero in downtown Thorold.
“They’re four large-scale paintings,” Shaw tells ThoroldToday. “I document various urban spaces that I discover and I photograph and recreate. I do ink drawing mixed with acrylic paint on wood panels.”
When it comes to colouring, Shaw says he paints outside of the lines.
“All the colours are obviously not true to life and they’re really exaggerated,” he says. “It’s almost like a stream-of-consciousness for the colouring side of my mind. It’s just fun and I don’t overthink it.”
Shaw is originally from St. Catharines but early in his career he moved to Vancouver where he became fascinated with urban landscapes.
“I was painting grungy alley spaces around my studio,” Shaw says. “The visual clutter tends to be very crumbly and with lots of textures. Things almost look like they’re haphazard and falling apart. It’s really visually appealing.”
After moving back home five years ago, Shaw’s work became more personal.
“I started documenting when they were tearing down the old general hospital in St. Catharines,” he says. “I started venturing to Hamilton, Toronto and expanding what I was doing, just revisiting semi-familiar childhood spaces and then transforming them.”
And now he has a small show at Shannon Passero, featuring paintings of two urban landscapes in St. Catharines, one in Toronto and one in Hamilton.
“The reason [the show] is called ‘Introspection’ is because it’s self-referential,” Shaw explains. “I’m examining these locations which are all familiar to me from when I was a child but now I’m kind of looking at them through an artistic eye.”
The paintings will be on display at Shannon Passero until the end of the year. To celebrate the show, a reception will be held on Saturday, October 14, between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
For more info on Shaw’s work, head over to his website.