Past Exhibition

  • Steven Shearer

Steven Shearer

Greenwich November 13th to April 3rd, 2017

Artist Biography

Steven Shearer

Steven Shearer

1968, born in New Westminster, BC, Canada

1992, Emily Carr College of Art & Design, BFA (studio), Vancouver/BC, Canada
1991, Alliance of Independent Colleges of Art c/o NASCAD
New York Summer Studio Programm, New York, NY, USA

Lives and works in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Shearer was chosen to represent Canada in the 2011 Venice Biennale and has been exhibited internationally. Solo exhibitions include Wrong Reflection (Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, 2013), Double Album: Daniel Guzmán and Steven Shearer (New Museum, New York, 2008), Geometric Healing (Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, 2010) and The Power Plant ( Toronto, 2007).

SOLO

2017

Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich

2017

National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa, ON, Canada

2016

The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, CT

2014

Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich

2013

Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Harlem, NY, USA

2012

Bad Run, Galleria Franco Noero, Torino, Italy

2011

"54th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale de Venezia", Canada Pavilion, Venice, Italy

2010

"Geometric Healing", Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland

2009

"Art 40 Basel, Art Unlimited", Basel, Switzerland"Uncle Jack, Mom & Steve, The Apartment", Vancouver Canada

2008

"Double Album. Daniel Guzman and Steven Shearer", MUCA. University Museum of Arts and Sciences, Mexico City, Mexico"Double Album. Daniel Guzman and Steven Shearer, New Museum of Contemporary Art", New York, NY, USA

2007

"The Power Plant", Toronto, ON, Canada"Stuart Shave / Modern Art", London, UK"Poems", Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK"One-artist shows", De Appel. Center for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2006

Franco Noero Gallery, Torino, Italy

2005

Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB, CanadaGalerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland

2004

CAG Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada"Art Statements, Art 35 Base"l, Basel, SwitzerlandGoodwater Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

2003

Galleria Franco Noero, Torino, ItalyBlum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA, USA

2002

Mars Gallery, Tokyo, JapanColin DeLand American Fine Arts Co., NY, USA

2001

"Pussyfootin", Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2000

"Swinging Lumpen", Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

1999

Colin DeLand American Fine Arts Co. NY, USA"Craftmonster", Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

1996

S. L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

1994

S. L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada

1992

Perel Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada

GROUP

2015

"Works on Paper", Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland

2014

Trouble Boy, Corner College, Zurich
"1 + 1 = 1": When Collections Collide’, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada

2013

"Altars of Madness", Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France
"Altars of Madness", Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Belgium
"Folk Devil", David Zwirner, New York, NY, USA
"The Cat Show", White Columns, New York, NY, USA
"Somos Libres", Lima, Peru
"Somos Libres II", Turino, Italy
"The Collection As a Character", MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
"Lost Boys: The Territories of Youth", Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland

2012

"Mash Up: Collage from 1930 to the Present", L&M Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA
"Painting Now", Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
"À rebour", Venus over Manhattan, New York City, New York, NY, USA

2011

"Shore, Forest and Beyond. Art from the Audain Collection", Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
"The Joy of Pleasure, VeneKlasen Werner", Berlin, Germany (curated by Dieter Roelstraete and Monika Szewczyk)
"No Color in your Cheeks unless the Wind lashes your Face", Online Exhition curated by Timothée Chaillou
"Sculpture Now", Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland

2010

"It Is What It Is, Recent Acquisitions of New Canadian Art", National Gellery of Canada, Musée des Beaux – arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
"Fresh Hell – Carte Blanche à Adam McEwen", Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
"Kurt", Seattle, WA, USA
"Permanent Trouble - Aktuelle Kunst aus der Sammlung Kopp", KOG - Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany
"Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada", National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
"Sur le dandysme aujourd'hui: From Shop Window Mannequin to Media Star", Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, A Coruña. Spain

2009

"Beg Borrow and Steal", Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, USA
"Conflicting Tales", Burger Collection, Berlin, Germany
"Until the End of the world", AMP Gallery, Athens, Greece
"Several Silences, Renaissance Society", Chicago, IL, USA
"All That Is Solid Melts Into Air", MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
"Video A - Harry Shearer: The Silent Echo Chamber", Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, USA
"All that is Solid Melts Into Air", Festival City Visions, Melechen, Belgium

2008

Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Group Show, Zurich, Switzerland
"Heavy Metal. Über die unerklärbare Leichtigkeit eines Materials", Kunsthalle zu Kiel der Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany
"Listen Darling… The World is Yours, Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitão", Portugual
"The order of things, MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst", Antwerp, Belgium
Blasted Allegories. Werke aus der Sammlung Ringier, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
"Pop! goes the wease!", Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
"Gravity. Colección Ernesto Esposito", ARTIUM Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country
"Volume(s)", Casino Luxembourg. Forum d'Art Contemporain, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
"Who’s got the Big Picture?", Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium

2007

Sweet Bird Of Youth, Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany
Who’s got the Big Picture?, MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Out of Art, Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt - Centre d'Art, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Common Threads, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PE, USA
Oh My God!, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway
Steven Shearer / Erik Parker, De Appel. Center for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Jubilee Exhibition, House Eva Presenhuber, Vnà, Switzerland
Mario Testino: At Home, Galerie Yvonne Lambert, New York, NY, USA
Despite The Light, The Balmoral, Venice, CA, USA

2006

Sobey Art Award 2006, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada
Stuart Shave / Modern Art, Group Show, London, UK
Sound and Vision, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada
Thank you for the music (London beat), Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
Thank you for the music (London beat), Sprüth Magers London, London, UK
People, Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina - MADRE, Naples, Italy
Trial Balloons, MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Léon, Leon, Spain
Writing in Strobe, Dicksmith Gallery, London, UK
Von Mäusen und Menschen, 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Canada Dreaming. Zukunftsgedanken und Wunschphantasien von Künstlern des grössten Staats Amerika, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

2005

Intertidal - Vancouver Art Now, MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium
Thank You For The Music, Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich, Germany
All The Pretty Corpses, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Always crashing in the same car, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Norway
Classified Materials: Accumulations, Archives, Artists, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Omaggio al quadrato, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy
Drunk vs. Stoned, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York, NY, USA
Nach Rokytnik, Die Sammlung der EVN - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig – MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
Recent Aquisitions, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Post no Bills, White Columns, New York, NY, USA
Gallery Side2, Tokyo, Japan
Bridge Freezes Before Road, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Suburbia, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria
BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, Austria

2004

Untitled - Pin Up - Contemporary Collage and Drawing, Tate Modern, London, UK
Re-play, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Baja to Vancouver, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA
33 Person Drawing exhibition, Galleria Roma Roma Roma, Rome, Italy
So Close Far Away, Bard Collge, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, NY, USA

2003

"Go Johnny Go! – Die E-Gitarre – Kunst und Mythos", Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
"Re-play", Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON, Canada
"Breathing the Water", Galerie Hauser & Wirth & Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
"Adolescent Actionism", Issue Project Space, New York, NY, USA (curated by Jack Pierson)
"Baha to Vancouver", Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA
"Black Rainbow", Lucky Tackle, Oakland, CA, USA (curated by Anne Collier)
Galleria Franco Noero, Torino, Italy
Gallery Side2, Tokyo, Japan
"Soundtracks", Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AL, Canada
Mars Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA, USA
Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
F-Space, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2002

"Rock My World: Recent Art and the Memory of Rock’n’Roll", CCAC Wattis Institute, San Francisco/CA, USA (curated by Ralph Rugoff)

2001

Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2000

llingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, AL, Canada

1999

"East International 1999", The Gallery at Norwich University, Norwich School of Art, Norwich, Great Britain (curated by Peter Doig and Roy Arden)

1998

"6": New Vancouver Modern, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada

1996

"New Perspectives", Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, Canada

1995

"Young Contemporaries", London Regional Museum, London, UK
"Dark Memories", Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA (curated by Larry Johnson)
"Protective Covering", University of Vermont Art Gallery, Burlington, VT, USA
"Typecast", C. H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada

1994

"Three Artists", CAG Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Installation view, Scrap #2, 2003

132 works on paper in various medium
Installation dimensions variable
Photography: Ernst Vegt
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • Scrap #2, 2003 (detail)
  • Scrap #2, 2003 (detail)
  • Scrap #2, 2003 (detail)

I see the contemporary images that I reference as an extension of all historical images. They’re all connected organically. My knowledge of the past helps me enter into and navigate the found images that I use as a starting point. My image archive stems from a serious, almost forensic interest in how images are made, how they’re formed both physically and theoretically. I’m interested in making things that explore how we all remember and idealize each other. Today’s images are echoes of how people have always been depicted, throughout history.

– Steven Shearer, The White Review, July, 2011.

Installation view

Photography: Laura Wilson
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

List, 2004

Inkjet print, framed
64 5/8 x 42 1/8 inches
Photography: Ernst Vegt
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

As a Boy, 2006

Oil on canvas; artist's frame
Image: 21 7/8 x 18 inches
Frame: 29 1/8 x 25 3/8 inches
Photography: Ernst Vegt
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Laura Wilson
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Scratchy Cheek, 2015

Oil paint and oil pastel on jute; artist's frame
Image: 16 x 12 inches
Frame: 26 1/8 x 22 1/8 inches
Courtesy of Charles Riva Collection
Photography: Ernst Vegt
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • Longhairs, 2004 (detail)
  • Longhairs, 2004 (detail)
  • Longhairs, 2004 (detail)
  • Longhairs, 2004 (detail)
  • Longhairs, 2004 (detail)

Fop's Frame, 2015

Oil paint and oil pastel on canvas; artist's frame
Image: 18 x 14 x 7/8 inches
Frame: 28 1/4 x 24 1/8 inches
Private Collection
Photography: Ernst Vegt
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • M.F.I., 2008
  • Mountain Friend, 2008
  • Parts & Wholes (detail), 2008-2009

Installation view

Photography: Ernst Vegt
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • Longhairs, 2004
  • Moonlight, 2005
  • Untitled Drawing, 2005

Drawings

I have made several distinct types of drawings: ink drawings, sketches, miniature “finished” drawings, and both crayon and oil line drawings.  Through different stylistic repertoires and mediums, I can draw based on my mood – for example, depending on whether I am focused or scattered or want to have some company outside the studio or want to get away from myself.

What I call the “finished” drawings, such as Longhairs, are most like my paintings, in that I am trying to achieve an autonomy of form.  I try to give them a physical presence, as an object would have.  These drawings are kind of in their own world, as I haven’t been able to integrate them into the studio.  I drew them at home late at night. With the portraits, I was inspired by the experience of looking at jpegs, as one would look at composites.  I was thinking about how the scale of the drawings and the combination of alizarin crimson and the tooth and buff of the paper could suggest the resolution of a jpeg.  I also liked the idea that artists in the past who drew in the scale of these drawings probably wouldn’t have been drawing from life; they would have made them based on preparatory drawings.

Drouin-Brisebois, Josee. Steven Shearer: Exhume to Consume. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2011. Print. organized by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and presented at la Biennale di Venezia from 4 June to 27 November 2011.

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • On a Pedestal, 2013
  • Davos Face, 2007-2014 (detail)
  • Birdy II, 2005

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Ernst Vegt
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

The Mauve Fauve, 2007-2015

Oil paint and oil pastel on jute; framed
Image: 15 1/8 x 11 1/4 inches
Frame: 25 1/8 x 20 7/8 inches
The Perimeter Collection, London
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Ernst Vegt
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • Blackhearts, 2006
  • Untitled, 2015
  • Studio at Night, 2014
  • Hairy, 2003
  • Golden Eyes, 2015

Vulgarian Applique, 2016

Oil pastel, oil crayon and oil on canvas; artist frame
Image: 14 x 11 inches
Frame: 24 x 21 inches
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Laura Wilson
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view, Bad Cast, 2010-2012

Photography: Laura Wilson
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Selection of Poems V (2005), Poems XXXIV (2012), Poems XXVI (2011)

Charcoal on rag paper; individually framed
Overall dimensions: 153 x 113 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Poems XXXIV, 2012)
Ringier Collection, Switzerland (Poems V, 2005)
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • Greasepaint, 2014 (detail)
  • Greasepaint, 2014 (detail)
  • Greasepaint, 2014 (detail)
  • Greasepaint, 2014 (detail)
  • Greasepaint, 2014 (detail)

I was happy to make a work that allowed for both genders and all ages. What attracted me to that subject was how I saw religious figuration cropping up in contemporary pictures of sleeping people posted on the Internet. There was something candid about the images of sleeping bodies. Many were not found asleep in bed but in public places or situations that left them propped up and kind of mannered while lost in sleep. It created all these kinds of figures that looked like they could be in a religious painting by Anthony van Dyck.

– Steven Shearer, Double Album: Daniel Guzman and Steven Shearer, New Museum April 23-July 6, 2008

  • Sleep II, 2015 (detail)
  • Sleep II, 2015
  • Sleep II, 2015 (detail)

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Puffroc, 2010-2014 (detail) Puffroc, 2010-2014 (detail)
Puffroc, 2010-2014 (detail) Puffroc, 2010-2014 (detail)
Puffroc, 2010-2014 (detail) Puffroc, 2010-2014 (detail)
Puffroc, 2010-2014 (detail) Puffroc, 2010-2014 (detail)
Puffroc, 2010-2014 (detail) Puffroc, 2010-2014 (detail)
Puffroc, 2010-2014 (detail) Puffroc, 2010-2014 (detail)

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Laura Wilson
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Ernst Vegt
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • Yellowface, 2006
  • The Ornamentalist and Apprentice, 2014
  • Young Symbolist, 2013

Installation view

Photography: Laura Wilson
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • Untitled drawing
  • Night Train, 2009-2010
  • Untitled drawing from "A Collection of 27 Drawings," 2009-2011

The Fauves, 2008-2009

Oil on canvas; artist’s frame
Image: 65 3/8 x 47 ½ inches
Frame: 72 1/2 x 54 ⅞ inches
Collection of Rick and Jolanda Hunting
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

The Fauves, 2008-2009 (detail) The Fauves, 2008-2009 (detail)
The Fauves, 2008-2009 (detail) The Fauves, 2008-2009 (detail)
The Fauves, 2008-2009 The Fauves, 2008-2009 (detail)
  • Untitled drawing from "A Collection of 27 Drawings", 2009-2011
  • Untitled drawing from "A Collection of 27 Drawings," 2009-2011
  • Untitled drawing from "A Collection of 27 Drawings," 2009-2011

The Fauves, 2008-2009

Jpegs never point the way to a compositional structure for painting. And this has led me to sketching as a means of moving the paintings forward, something I began only recently.  Part of the shift in my recent paintings has been in exploring compositions through traditional sketching and in considering historical compositional armatures.  I can project a place that these figures in my mind can inhabit.  With compositional structures that convey a feeling of harmony and balance, even odd colors seem to make sense in terms of weight and naturalism.  The paintings become about my experience trying to make a painting, an experience that is equally about grappling with the act of painting and trying to capture my personal response to figures and scenes.  I am interested in building the effects of traditional paintings, like the glow on the edge of a model’s nose, but I often end up using a different, more intuitive way to get there.  It’s always tentative and kind of precarious.  While the archive is about how much control can be brought to an image, my approach to painting is completely disordered, and in a way, inevitable.

By working through different ideas of compositions for paintings by sketching, I’ve come to create drawings and ink paintings that aren’t directly based on any source material  – the figures come from the imaginary.  I never paint from a model and can’t really imagine ever actually doing it.

Drouin-Brisebois, Josee. Steven Shearer: Exhume to Consume. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2011. Print. organized by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and presented at la Biennale di Venezia from 4 June to 27 November 2011.

Untitled, 2016

Ink, oil pastel and oil on canvas; artist's frame
Image: 80 x 28 inches
Frame: 89 1/4 x 37 1/4 inches
Photography: Ernst Vegt
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • Boy with Orange and Green Face, 2007
  • Forest, 2006-2007
  • Waiting, 2006

Installation view

Photography: Laura Wilson
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • Guys and Dolls, 2006
  • Newborn, 2014
  • The Sickly Fauve, 2014
  • Sculptor and Satyr, 2016
  • Fire, 2005
  • Chiseller's Cabinet, 2014

The Convalescent, 2006

Oil on canvas; artist’s frame
Image: 64 1/2 x 42 inches
Frame: 73 ½ x 51 inches
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Photography: Ernst Vegt
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Ernst Vegt
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

My paintings only rarely contain traces of color or resolution of these source images. While they often begin with individual source images like jpegs or a historical painting that intrigues me, this has increasingly become only a starting point, as I find that the painting always ends up looking very different from what I have imagined. I've also found that as I've been making more paintings, they have come to inspire one another. The boy in Night Train, a recent painting, wasn't based on any source images, but came out of a series of preparatory sketches I made.

– Steven Shearer, Steven Shearer: Exhume to Consume, National Gallery of Canada, 2011

Installation view

Photography: Laura Wilson
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • Girl, 1999
  • Bunching and Shading, 2012
  • Logo, 2004

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Hash Study III, 2007-2011

Oil, crayon and oil stick on tissue paper; framed
12 x 8 5/8 inches
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • Larry, 2005
  • Larry in Germany, 2004
  • Davos, 2007

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

  • PoCo Trail, 2006
  • Graceful Ghost, 2010-2011
  • Manpile, 1998

Geometric Mechanotherapy Cell for Harmonic Alignment of Movements and Relations (Model III), 2009

Polished copper
16 3/8 x 16 3/8 x 17 inches
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.

Installation view

Photography: Christopher Burke Studio
© Steven Shearer. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.