Shawn Huckins is known for both his brilliant humor and technical skill as a painter. In his most notable series to date, ‘The American Revolution Revolution’ and ‘The American ___tier,’ Huckins satirizes social media, asking whether the devolution of language in the face of technological advancement weakens our ability to empathize and connect to one another in a meaningful way. By layering early American portraiture and landscape with text taken directly from the internet, Huckins confronts the priorities of our society in comparison to simpler times. What would George Washington post on Facebook? How would Lewis and Clark communicate their progress westward via Twitter?Huckins’ works are meticulously hand-painted, including the letters. The portraits, landscapes and pastoral scenes are sourced from public domain records and museum collections of classic American paintings.
A New Hampshire native, Huckins now lives and works in Denver, Colorado. His work has been displayed in private and public collections across the country, including The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, The Tucson Museum of Art, The TIA Collection, and The Vicki Myhren Gallery at The University of Denver. Huckins has received grants from The Haven Foundation of Maine, The Artists’ Fellowship Inc. of New York City, Colorado Creative Industries, and The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, among others. His work has been featured in notable publications such as Forbes, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose Magazine, Huffington Post, New American Paintings, The Jealous Curator, and The Advocate. 5280 Magazine named Huckins as one of five artists to collect now in 2015. Huckins studied at Keene State College in New Hampshire and The University of Wollongong in Australia and received his BA in Studio Arts in 2006.
American, b. 1984
EDUCATION 2006 BA, Studio Arts, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, magna cum laude 2004 University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
SOLO SHOWS 2021 The Birds Will Sing, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2020 All You Had To Do Was Call, Modernism, San Francisco, CA 2020 Skeptic, Stephanie Chefas Projects, Portland, OR 2020 Fool’s Errand, K Contemporary, Denver, CO 2019 Happy Go Lucky, Galerie Bessiéres, Chatou, France 2019 Introducing, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2019 Staring At The Sun, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA 2018 Fool’s Gold, Modernism, San Francisco, CA 2017 Athenaeum (I Can't Pretend That This Is Poetry), Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA 2017 Somewhere To Nowhere, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO 2016 Everything Is Hilarious And Nothing Is Real, Modernism, San Francisco, CA 2015 The American __tier, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO 2014 Sweet Rhapsody, Art & Soul Gallery, Boulder, CO 2010 Can’t Miss Lime, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
GROUP SHOWS 2021 As Of Now III, K Contemporary, Denver, CO 2020 Historic Memory, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA curator: Lauren Nye (two-person) 2020 Created In Place, Modernism, San Francisco, CA 2020 #ArtFindsUs Billboard Truck Exhibition, K Contemporary, Denver, CO 2020 Lavender Mist, McNichols Civic Center, Denver, CO curators: Michael Paglia / Mark Brasuell 2020 New Work by Gallery Artists, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA 2019 The Western Sublime, The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ (Forthcoming, 2019) 2019 Mondo Tondo, Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA 2018 Independent Vision: The Martin Muller Collection, Arkansas Arts Center Museum, Little Rock 2018 Coalesce, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO 2018 Finalists Exhibition, La Pinacothéque, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg 2018 Platinum Blend 4, Stephanie Chefas Projects, Portland, OR 2018 Spring Group Show, Cordesa Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA 2018 Resolution, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA 2018 Wet, Quidley & Co, Naples, FL 2017 (Dis)Connected, Kirkland Arts Center, Seattle, WA 2016 ONE, Stephanie Chefas Projects, Portland, OR 2016 Open Stacks, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO 2016 In Good Company, Quidley & Co, Boston, MA 2016 Learning To See Color, Vicki Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, CO 2015 Project P:ear, Stephanie Chefas Projects, Portland, OR 2015 Fresh Brew, Stephanie Chefas Projects, Portland, OR 2015 Summer Group Exhibition, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA 2015 Platinum Blend, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2014 PLAY, Galerie COA, Montréal, Canada 2014 New Visions Of The Old West, Patrajdas Contemporary, Ogden, UT 2014 Summer Group Exhibition, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO 2014 A Precious Few, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ 2013 Ten Years Drawn, L2Kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA 2013 Summertime, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY 2013 Word Play, Design Matters, Los Angeles, CA 2013 Eye On The Storm, The Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT and The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Fort Myers, FL 2013 Vol. 3 Group Exhibition, Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO 2012 Flayed Parables, L2Kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA (Two Person Exhibition) 2012 Art On The Edge, Vered Contemporary, East Hampton, NY 2012 Two Person Exhibition, Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, CA 2012 Inaugural Exhibition Vol. 2, Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO 2011 FEED2011 Biennial: Five Artists, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA 2011 Summer Party, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 2011 Beast, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, NY 2009 29th Faber Birren National Color Exhibition, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT 2009 Slide Slam, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT 2008 Out of the Blue, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA 2008 22nd International Show, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ 2008 Fast Food - A Fast Food Themed Art Show, Frankenart Mart, San Francisco, CA 2008 19th International Juried Exhibition, Viridian Artists Contemporary Art Gallery, New York, NY 2008 Emerging Artists, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY 2007 Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT 2007 30th Annual Exhibition, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT 2007 Biennial Regional Juror's Choice Exhibition, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, NH
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS & AWARDS 2020 Haven Foundation Grant, The Haven Foundation, Brewer, ME 2018 The Luxembourg Art Prize finalist, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg 2017 Career Advancement Grant, Colorado Creative Industries, Denver, CO 2013 Haven Foundation Grant, The Haven Foundation, Brewer, ME 2012 Artist Fellowship Grant, Artists’ Fellowship Inc., New York, NY 2011 Artist Fellowship Grant, Artists’ Fellowship Inc., New York, NY 2010 Artist Fellowship Grant, Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism 2010 Best Emerging Artist in Painting, GLAAD OutAuction NYC 2007 Award for Excellence, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Sponsored by Denice Militello 2007 The New Haven Paint & Clay Club Prize Award, Sponsor: The New Haven Paint & Clay Club 2007 People’s Choice Award, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, NH 2006 Fellowship Grant in Studio Art, Keene State College Art Department, Keene, NH 2006 People’s Choice Commendation Award, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, NH
PUBLICATIONS Hi-Fructose Magazine Luxe Magazine Huffington Post This Is Colossal PAPER Magazine Colorado Homes & Lifestyle Magazine Modern In Denver New American Paintings DesignBoom Forbes The Advocate Poets N' Artists Art Ltd
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ The Tia Collection, Santa Fe, NM Google, Inc., Cambridge, MAPerry Lane Hotel, Savannah, GA The Los Angeles Athletic Club, Los Angeles, CA
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS Works are held in private collections within North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.