Shane Walsh is a painter based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who received his MFA in 2006 from the University of Washington and his BFA in 2001 from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Deisgn. His paintings are an ode to his punk and hip-hop ephemera youth through the lens of modernist collage in an effort to better understand the legacy of abstraction. His work begins with small scale collages that are then constructed through multiple layers of photocopies of various shapes and marks; expressive, graphic, and digital. Walsh celebrates this technique of photocopying by highlighting the intrigue and importance of distortion that occurs over time when an image is repeatedly reproduced through a copy machine. Which serves as a metaphor for Walsh on how time and culture are altered and distorted and allows him to re-construct images of abstraction that feel appropriate to his time and place.
Walsh has had several solo exhibitions throughout Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, and Missouri. He is a two-time Mary Nohl Suitcase Fun recipient, and has received press from Art F City, Artsy, New American Paintings, Shepherd Express, and Journal Sentinel.
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