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  • Shawn McNulty

    [Website]  Shawn is a contemporary painter from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  His work contains color fields that won’t let you relax completely. A bit of rough play with the palette knife, and an otherwise calm pool of paint becomes a choppy sea. By scraping, slicing and reapplying, McNulty avoids the zone-out of traditional abstract landscapes, offering instead a more battered and complex meditation.  There’s a technique he invented called “scuffling” which involves a repetitive chopping motion with the palette knife resulting in approximate parallel lines, and he also created a “shoe palette knife” which challenges the way his body connects to the surface.  The process continues until a solution is found, always applying and mixing paint directly on the canvas, scraping away layers to reveal the ghostly characters of the previous.