Shawn Stipling 1967

Lives in Essex (UK). Works in Essex (UK).
Represented by:

Galerie van den Berge

The study of non-functioning detail, found in man-made objects and the built environment, is the primary focus of my work. These tiny elements that serve no apparent practical purpose, and which may even compromise functionality, can nonetheless elevate an object from the mundane to something considered to be of value or even beauty. I produce very precise and exacting paintings which are usually sparse in their content. The flat painted surfaces are built up of many thin layers leaving no discernible signs of brush-marks. I use no mathematical systems or underlying grids to create the images. However, they are not completely random, rather each is an illustration of a simple concept: perhaps an overlap, misalignment or the restriction of the image to the edges. The empty space serves to hold the elements in place, separate them or allow them to interact. The finished work, though laboriously hand-made, has a deceptively manufactured appearance. These are works made to be viewed at close quarters. The simplicity of the image focuses our attention towards the minuscule and demands close scrutiny. Instead, we are drawn in to an intimate space where the barrier between viewer and artist diminishes.

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Shawn Stipling
Shawn Stipling
Shawn Stipling, Presentation at Art Rotterdam  2015, Galerie van den Berge (photo: Martijn Duifhuizen)
Presentation at Art Rotterdam 2015, Galerie van den Berge (photo: Martijn Duifhuizen)


Shawn Stipling (UK) Woont en werkt in Essex (UK) Opleiding: BA (Hons) University of Wolverhampton (UK) Tentoonstellingen (selectie) ‘Eccentric Geometric’, ARTHOUSE1., Bermondsey, London (UK) ‘Intercontinental Line’, Galerie Abstract Project, Paris (FR) ‘In Other Words’, Gray Contemporary, Houston Texas, (US) ‘The Pattern Reveals Itself’, curated by Ivo Ringe, Claudia Weil Galerie, Friedberg, (DE) Berlin Art Fair, (with Galerie Floss & Schultz), Berlijn (DE) 'The Black and White Project', Curators: Look&Listen, Transmitter, Brooklyn, NYC (US) 'Re-structured', curator: Ivo Ringe, The Exchange, (residency), Penzance (UK) 'On the Same Line', Galerie Olivier Nouvellet, Parijs (FR) 'All Things Being Equal', (met Riki Mijling), Galerie Floss & Schultz, Keulen (DE) 'Out of the Black and into the Blue', Galerie van den Berge, Goes 'Paper Paris' (met Look&Listen), Parijs (FR) Galerie Victor Sfez, Parijs (FR) Art Rotterdam, (met Galerie van den Berge), Rotterdam ARGENTUM 2 (+1), Galerie van den Berge, Goes 'Formats Raisin', Een project van Michel Barjol, Galerie Martagon/Look&Listen (FR) 'Night and Day', curator Linda Arts, Gallerie Studio van Dusseldorp, Tilburg 'Painting More or Less', Transmitter, Brooklyn, NYC (US) The Seed of Its Opposite', Gallery North, Glasgow Kelvin College, Schotland Amsterdam Drawing Art Fair, (met Galerie van den Berge), Amsterdam 'We Insist ..On Insiste', International Biennial of Non-Objective Art, Pont de Claix (FR) Dave Meijer & Shawn Stipling, Galerie van den Berge, Goes 'Carrement 2', L’Espace Christiane Peugeot, Parijs (FR) 'Still In Motion', E M Gallery, Drachten Saturation Zero, Abstract Project, Parijs (FR) Art Rotterdam, (met Galerie van den Berge), Rotterdam 'Stimmung', Varsonofevsky Lane, 4/1, Moskow (RU) 'Edges To Emptiness / Kanten zur Leerheit', Kunstlerhaus Dosenfabrik, Hamburg (DE) Salon Réalités Nouvelles, Parijs (FR) Amsterdam Drawing Art Fair, (with Galerie van den Berge), Amsterdam 'GRIDS', (met o.a. Alain Biltereyst, P.B. van Rossem, Clary Stolte), Galerie van den Berge Factory 49, Sydney (AU) Art Bodensee Art Fair, (met ABContemporary) (CH) 'You Have No Idea', curator: Alain Biltereyst, Gallery 6b, Elingen (BE) 'Toujours Simple', ParisCONCRET, Parijs (FR) Galerie Olivier Nouvellet, Parijs (FR) 'The Blue Square Project', Articulate Project Space, Sydney (AU) 'Works on Paper', SNO Contemporary Art projects, Sydney (AU) '30/30 IMAGE ARCHIVE PROJECT4', ABContemporary, Zurich (CH) Galerie Olivier Nouvellet, Parijs (FR) 'Maniac Episode IV', T.A.S, Groningen Salon Réalités Nouvelles, Parijs (FR) Reason and Romance', curator: Alain Bliteryst, Gallery 6b, Elingen (BE) 'On Edge', ParisCONCRET, Parijs (FR) 'Une qeustion de fait', Galerie Olivier Nouvellet, Parijs & Galerie Le Hang’Art, Grenoble (FR) Art Pogost Redux', Guslitz (RU) Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, Essex (UK) Oriel Theatr Clwyd Gallery, Wales (UK) DE/RECONSTRUCTED, Galeria Espacio Abierto, Calahorra (ES) 'Cube Open', (RIBA Centre for the Urban Built Environment), Manchester (UK) Publicaties (selectie) ‘Intercontinental Line’, exhibition catalogue, Abstract Project, Paris, 40 pages, 2017 ‘Eccentric Geometric’, exhibition catalogue, Arthouse1., London, text by Della Gooden, 8 pages, 2017 Saturation Point, online editorial, Review of ‘Eccentric Geometric’ by Tony Blackmore, 2017 ‘Salon Réalités Nouvelles 2016’, exhibition catalogue, Paris, France 2016, ISSN 1961-7704 ‘The Seed of its Opposite’, catalogue, Glasgow Kelvin College, text by EC, 40 pages, 2015 ‘The Black & White Project’, Look&Listen, Saint-Chamas, France, 114 pages, ISBN 978-1-51-849406-2 ‘We Insist… On Insiste…’, International Biennial of Non-Objective Art, catalogue 36 pages, 2015 ‘Carrément 2’, catalogue, Paris, France, 64 pages, 2015 ‘Salon Réalités Nouvelles 2014’, catalogue, Paris, France 2014, ISSN 1961-7704 ‘ParisConcret 2009–2014’, ParisConcret, Paris, ISBN 978-2-9533777-4, 128 pages, 2014 ‘Works on Paper’, catalogue, SNO 103, SNO Contemporary Art projects, Sydney, Australia, 8 pages, 2014 Shawn Stipling, catalogue 2013, 16 pages, 2013 ‘Salon Réalités Nouvelles 2013’, catalogue, Paris, France 2013, ISSN 1961-7704 ‘Une Question De Fait’, catalogue, Galerie Le Hang’Art, Grenoble, France 2013