Steven Shearer

Steven Shearer

Born in 1968 in New Westminster, Canada. Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

Graduated in 1992 from the Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver, Steven Shearer has exhibited all over the world: the Tate Modern in London, the New Museum, the Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York, Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zurich, and at the Renaissance Society in Chicago. He will represent Canada at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. Steven Shearer jumps from one medium to another to portray young people. Paintings, drawings, photographs, and other digital collages in very different formal registers provide a reduced portrait of a disenchanted suburban adolescence. His oil paintings of heavy-metal musicians seem to emanate from the world of Munch or Toulouse-Lautrec. He anonymously slips into the multitude of images gleaned from the internet of budding guitarists gathered in a huge 180 x 286 cm collage, Guitar n°5 (2003) or repeats the portrait of hard-rockers who become gothic figures in a new Renaissance in the red pencil series Longhairs (2004). Plumbing magazines for adolescents for sale on Ebay, in this society of images the compulsive artist Steven Shearer heads off in search of the anonymous and universal adolescent: alienated, aggressive, and melancholic. References to the history of art and amateur iconography mask complex and polysemic work.