Gallery Forty-Two has announced plans to host a public artist’s reception for local illustrator Shannon Stamey on Friday, November 6th from 6-9 p.m. Stamey is a retro-styled painter whose works harken back to an era more than a century old. The artist will be on hand to discuss his work, processes and inspiration. He will also be actively working on his latest piece entitled, “Autumn.”
Stamey’s work is inspired by artists, photographers, films and illustrators from the Golden Age and Pre-Raphaelites. His intention is to make each work look and feels as if it’s a piece from a bygone era using meticulous aging techniques and weathering processes. Stamey puts realistic characters in surrealistic situations and environments, creating one-frame narratives of untold fairytales.
Gallery Forty-Two currently offers both original works as well as limited edition giclee reproductions of Stamey’s artwork. Each print is hand-antiqued by the artist, undergoing a tedious process of tea-staining and methodic creasing, tearing and sanding to mimic the textures of old newspapers and books.