Deceptive landscape paintings that feature dark social media posts about modern love

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Huckins’ oil paintings follow this deceptive theme, as what at first glance appear to be simply breathtaking landscapes soon reveals a darker twist with overlaid statements from social media on the subject of modern love. . This is typical of the technical skill and spirit of Huckins where he skillfully references our often “rosy” view of history in contrast to our complicated present.

Drawing inspiration from public domain and museum collections of classic American paintings, his landscapes, in the tradition of 19th century great masters like Bierstadt and the Hudson River School, are paired with texts taken from platforms like Twitter. These phrases appear in textual acronyms, number shortcuts, and misspellings in today’s virtual communication.



Sunset in the Rockies: Who I End Up With, I’m Sorry, 2021 © Shawn Huckins

Matterhorn: Only With Us, Love Knows Bounds, 2020 © Shawn Huckins



Matterhorn: Only With Us, Love Knows Bounds, 2020 © Shawn Huckins

Nightfall Color Study: Touch Me, 2021 © Shawn Huckins



Nightfall Color Study: Touch Me, 2021 © Shawn Huckins

The hasty text certainly makes a stark contrast, both in form and content, to the beautiful landscapes painted by Huckins which represent a very different era when communication was not so quick and easy.

The immediacy and speed of contemporary life has a profound impact on our human relationships – sometimes for the better, but sometimes not. In Huckins’ paintings, we wonder if all of these technological advancements are good for us? Are we still able to value ourselves and connect with each other in meaningful ways? Particularly now, personal lives and loves are now so “out there” on display for all to see. Yet despite a loss of privacy, heartache is something people past and present are all too familiar with.

Storm in the mountains: you are the only one for you, 2021 © Shawn Huckins



Storm in the mountains: you are the only one for you, 2021 © Shawn Huckins

Sierra Nevada: Control Alt Delete Me, 2021 © Shawn Huckins



Sierra Nevada: Control Alt Delete Me, 2021 © Shawn Huckins

Maroon Bells: What The Real Fuck, 2021 © Shawn Huckins



Maroon Bells: What The Real Fuck, 2021 © Shawn Huckins

Shawn Huckins attended Keene State College, Keene, NH, and the University of Wollongong, Australia, and received his BA in Studio Arts in 2006. His work appears 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.

His latest series, The Birds Will Sing, is on display at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles until May 8, 2021. To find out more about the artist, visit Shawnhuckins.com.

Wheatfields: I try to say I love you without sounding desperate, 2021 © Shawn Huckins



Wheatfields: I try to say I love you without sounding desperate, 2021 © Shawn Huckins

In the mountains: How long do I have to wait to show who I really am ?, 2021 © Shawn Huckins



In the mountains: How long do I have to wait to show who I really am ?, 2021 © Shawn Huckins

Portrait of Shawn Huckins



Portrait of Shawn Huckins

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