Shane Heath is an artist from Santa Cruz, California. From an early age, Shane’s been using drawing as an effective way to connect to his mind and relate to the world. After actively pursuing formal art training throughout his later teens, he went on to study art and design in San Diego. Classes in figure drawing and 3D digital modeling set the trajectory for a style built on a foundation of figure and portrait work.
Since then, he's developed a style that blends realism, street art, and expressionism to create large scale portraits that capture individuals and moments in time. His juxtaposition of finely rendered features with expressive strokes, patterns, and symbols gives each piece a dynamic feel that reveals itself in slightly different ways depending on the perspective. Known for his use of color, texture and unique compositions, Shane combines an array of mediums including aerosol, charcoal, pastel, acrylics, and house paints to develop his works.
An emerging talent in the West Coast art scene, Shane is commonly seen painting live at various music festivals throughout the year in California.
Currently, he is a resident artist at The Vaayu Vision Collective and will be traveling to coastal destinations around the world creating, learning, sharing, and connecting with his surrounding culture.
Seeing Sound Hearing Color
With this series I am exploring interpretations of memories. Each piece in this show represents a lone-encoded memory. Such as a deep and shared exploration through the eyes of a stranger. Where time stops and reality gets refracted into both boundless complexity and condensed clarity all at once. The minds eye renders specific features in vivid vibrant detail. Others; the amalgam of sounds, smells, feelings, tastes of the moment, get abstracted into texture and symbols.
It's the synthesis of euphoric focus juxtaposed with abstract summarization of the senses that I am presenting with this work.
With influences from street art, realism, and expressionism the work is created using a stylistic fusion developed specifically for the series. The process begins with a charcoal under drawing. Texture is then built using pastels, charcoal pencil, paint pens, and spray paint. The resulting compositions are rendered using artist grade acrylics letting the underlying texture seep through to the surface. Patterns and symbols are then applied to give the piece it's unique language. The result is a still image encoded with the visual and sensory information of a dense moment in time.