Steven Shearer
Working from Life

Editor(s)

Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich/New York; David Zwirner, New York/London/Paris/Hong Kong

Author(s)

Dieter Roelstraete

Design

Book Book, Berlin

Cover

Clothbound hardcover

Size

24 x 33 cm

Pages

356

Illustrations

300

Language(s)

German, English, French

ISBN
Release June 2023

“Today’s images are echoes of how people have always been depicted.”

Steven Shearer (b. New Westminster, BC, 1968; lives and works in Vancouver) works in a range of media including printmaking, sculpture, painting, drawing, and collages of found photographs. His portraits of individuals in decorated settings earned Shearer international acclaim. They show heroes from the past—protagonists of musical subcultures or the history of art. The archetypal creative minds in their studios appear together with their works; the interiors surrounding them reflect their psychological constitution. Shearer paints them in the style of Symbolism, the German Romantics, or the Fauves. Imitating the perspective painting of the Renaissance, he virtually pulls the beholder into his pictures.

Steven Shearer participated in the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design New York Summer Studio Programme in 1992 and studied at the Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, in 1992. In 2011, he represented Canada at the 54th Venice Biennale.

Release June 2023

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