Shawn Huckins combines pop culture and pictorial tradition in his works.

Shawn Huckins' American humour
- AUG 20, 2013

Shawn Huckins' paintings are a humorous combination of American culture. Inspired by 18th Century American Neo-Classical works to 20th Century Pop art, he has created a discourse around the contemporary culture of the US.

Huckins' paintings mix elements from traditional culture with elements from contemporary society to create elaborate juxtapositions. His series American Revolution Revolution creates replicas of 18th century portraits dating from the American Revolution which he later alters with text-messaging acronyms in large white letters. The works are an interesting mix of pop culture, showing the changes brought on to language by social media and text messaging, and pictorial tradition.

Shawn Huckins' American humour

©Shawn Huckins

Shawn Huckins' American humour

©Shawn Huckins

His other well-known series is Paint Chip Series, where he paints large color swatches showing a specific color range that incorporate some mundane imaginary from everyday life. The result is a work of art that calls for the recuperation of everyday humour that at the same time begs the viewer to rethink modern society.

Shawn Huckins' American humour
Shawn Huckins' American humour

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