New Artist Spotlight: Shawn Ray Harris

Shawn Ray Harris
Shawn Harris’ work is whimsical, playful, and humorous in a sophisticated way. His pieces will surely have you smiling in wonderment.

Let’s learn more about Shawn and his work…

Describe your work:
Typically my work begins while experiencing new landscape/interiors, wondering what creatures may lurk in such places, then photographing each scene as if it were a backdrop for a movie or play. Later, in the studio, I dress up in outfits and animal masks, photographing myself on a green screen, then digitally placing the character in it’s scene. In the beginning I was creating characters as if to give animals a voice to their plight. The more I photograph, continuing down this path, the more diverse and playful the work becomes.

How long have you been creating, and how has your work changed?
I studied art at university and have been practicing it almost daily for twenty years. My work has evolved over the years in both style and mixing mediums. The work may change in aesthetics but core elements remain the same. I’m interested in figurative imagery and creating narratives with use of props and environment. Using a camera in one way or another is pretty consistent for me as well. And, humor, the art needs to keep me entertained and make people chuckle for sure.

If you could work in any other medium, what would it be?
If I could work in any other medium it would be a mix of painting and sculpture. I never grow tired of looking at a good painting and I like sculpture for it’s third dimension and ongoing spatial/materials problem solving. *But* the camera is amazing and I will certainly be using it for a long time to come.

Shawn Ray Harris

What makes you excited about doing Armadillo Christmas Bazaar?
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has a sort of legendary status on the arts festival circuit. It’s the kind of thing artists sing songs about around the campfire between shows. I’m looking forward to being surrounded by other like minded creative types in a holiday atmosphere. As a ‘first time artist’, I’m certainly looking forward to sharing my work with a new audience. Listening to great music and spending Christmas in Austin…it can’t get much better.

Is there a band you are looking forward to seeing (or hearing from your booth – ha!)?
Uncle Lucius and Alpha Rev are two bands I’m looking forward to hearing. I’m pretty excited about that.

Is there an artist at Armadillo you are looking forward to shopping from?
Always happy to shop Dave Borba’s booth…the man is a genius.

Shawn Ray Harris

Find Shawn’s work in booth S-2!