Shawn Hunt, Macaulay & Co. Fine Art
Macaulay & Co. Fine Art is pleased to bring the work of Shawn Hunt to Art Toronto, 2018.
Shawn Hunt is a Heiltsuk artist currently based in Vancouver, B.C. His work takes on a complexity of influence from both his training in traditional design, wood and jewelry carving and his engagement with contemporary questions of subversion, preconception and fluid meanings.
Shawn Hunt was born in Vancouver Canada in 1975. He is an artist of Heiltsuk, French and Scottish ancestry. He has a diploma in studio art from Capilano college as well as a BFA from the University of British Columbia where he majored in sculpture and drawing. Shawn comes from a family of artists. His father is Bradley Hunt, a prominent Heiltsuk artist with whom he apprenticed for 5 years. From 2012-2015, he undertook an apprenticeship with Coast Salish painter Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, whose own interactive virtual reality environment, Inherent Rights, Vision Rights (1991-92), is recognized as the first VR artwork shown at the National Gallery of Canada.
About his work he writes:
“I have never felt like I really belonged to any one particular movement, culture, category, or clique. As an artist this has given me an incredible amount of freedom. I don’t feel that my work is conceptual, traditional, artifact or craft. It is neither ancient nor modern. Instead, I feel as though my work has elements of all of these categories. This is a freedom that allows me to distort, subvert, hijack and remix these categories in order to offer new points of view. I want to challenge the viewers' preconceptions. I like the idea of art being like a catalyst, or a flash point. I think art is most powerful when it poses questions, not when it gives the viewer the answers. My goal is to make the viewer think."