Shawn Ireland is a North Carolina artist, whose body of work includes Painting, Pottery and Drawing. American Folk has carried Shawn’s remarkable pottery since the beginning of the gallery. With every visit to his home and studio, seeing his paintings and drawings was a bonus.
Shawn recently pulled out portfolios of drawings that I had not seen before. Dreamy, Haunting, Real. We decided to begin to include some of the drawings, inspired by his travels, in the gallery.
In his words “Most everything I do in my daily life relates to my passion for art. I surround myself with what I find beautiful and seek out images and objects that resonate. I love making things at the wheel or the easel and I love being lost in the moments of making or “in the search”. Watching, feeling and experiencing the beautiful natural qualities of clay and oil paint are what make this searching such a pleasure”.
I began painting with oils as a Resident Artist at The Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina in 1996. While most of my time is devoted to pottery making, evenings are spent painting. Since working in Cortona, Italy with the University of Georgia between 2006 & 2013, I have focused on still life and landscapes. In Italy, in an environment where everything is at once new, old, beautiful and interesting, I was constantly inspired & challenged.
To see Shawn’s pottery: http://www.amerifolk.com/artists/shawn-ireland/
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