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Shaun Weston works across a variety of media, but his art practice is grounded in painting. In recent years he has focused on flowers and people as subjects, through which he explores coded representations of personal narrative.
As a kid Shaun thought his claim to fame would be as an author. Growing up in Central Queensland, much of his childhood was spent writing and illustrating short stories and he began formal painting lessons at the age of eleven. Today, many of his artworks stand in place of stories he can’t find the words to express.
A great deal of importance is placed on the title of each work, but Shaun acknowledges that all art is open to interpretation. He welcomes feedback and delights in what people see and feel, stating, “My ultimate goal is connection – to communicate a shared experience between viewer and maker.” Whilst on one hand Shaun simply portrays the fleeting beauty of a famous face or a bunch of flowers, he has been described as someone who is constantly looking for deeper meaning, even in things that seem superficial.
Shaun’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Art) from Queensland University of Technology and a Certificate IV in Graphic Design and Advertising from the Commercial Arts Training College. At university he earned the nickname “Fluff Monger” given he literally paints fluffy materials. Working from his suburban Brisbane studio, he paints on alternative materials, which include chenille (vintage bedspreads remain a favourite) and layered newspaper.
“I believe the texture of the materials I use and the inherent qualities of paintings, such as drips and brush marks, should be visible (whether subtle or obvious) and I am amazed by how brilliantly such details can be captured in high quality reproductions.
2015 - Flowers & Peeps, Percolator Gallery, Paddington
2010 - For Nan, H Block Gallery, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove
2009 - Waiting for Fluffman, Circle Gallery, West End
2004 - Pillow Talk, The Window, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane
2003 - Fluff Monger, The Farm, Brisbane
2001 - Deadpole, Palace Gallery, Brisbane
1999 - Smashed Little Disco Balls, Palace Gallery, Brisbane
Dual Exhibitions (joint exhibition with one other artist)
2013 - Coconut & Lotus, Warehouse Space, Brisbane (with Maggie Sheehan)
2004 - The Practical Guide to Mental Hygiene, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney (with Suzanne Boccalatte)
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 - Outside In, St Vincents Private Hospital, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane
2016 - Aspects Art Show, Goondiwindi
2010 - Stan and Maureen Duke Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery
2010 - Virion, Kelvin Grove Urban Screen Network, Brisbane
2009 - ILIKEIT, Flipbook Gallery, West End, Brisbane
2009 - Grand Opening, Love Love Studios, Newstead, Brisbane
2005 - Crates on Wheels, Touring exhibition, Toowoomba Regional Gallery
2004 - Space Invaders, Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Toowoomba
2004 - Conceptual Crochet, The Cross Projects, Kings Cross, Sydney
2004 - Get Smart: Class of 99, Main Gallery, Metro! Arts, Brisbane
2003 - The Beach, Five to Midnight Festival, Queensland Performing Arts
Centre, Southbank, Brisbane
2003 - The Farm Comes to Town, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
2003 - Smear, Peripheral Art Space, Barossa Valley, South Australi
2003 - Churchie Emerging Art Exhibition, Churchie Anglican Grammar School
2002 - Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery
2000 - EndzonE, Institute of Modern Art, Fortitude Valley.
2000 - Queer Transgressions, Brisbane Powerhouse
2000 - Fresh Cut, Institute of Modern Art, Fortitude Valley.
1999 - Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery
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