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Abstract Expressionism Colorful Contemporary Textured Modern Art Paintings

Shawn McNulty is a prolific contemporary painter from Minneapolis who has been working professionally for the past twenty years. His refreshing approach to creativity has inspired artists all over the world. McNulty’s abstract modern colorful paintings can be found in notable collections including President Bill Clinton, Peyton Manning, US Bank Stadium, Emerson, UBS Financial, Paramount, Bellagio Hotel, and General Mills. He is influenced by Abstract Expressionists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Hans Hofmann, Clyfford Still, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, and Richard Diebenkorn.

“My work is dependent on design fundamentals: form, color, and composition. I believe the most complex emotions can be evoked from the simplest of forms. My style explores the relationship between man-made structures and the natural world; the idea of recognizable shapes and structures living within irrational thoughts and emotions. I begin a new piece very spontaneously and become more detailed as the composition starts to show itself. The process involves layering. The first layers are the most erratic and freeform, similar to automatic writing. An impasto style is used during this time creating thick textures. A dialogue is created with the painting, and it starts to show me what needs to be done. My newer work has taken on more of a complex composition. I’m still using vibrant colors in more of a color field format instead of the more chaotic arrangements of multicolored geometric shapes of past works. Also, I work with my feet utilizing a “shoe palette knife” I invented, which is basically a large commercial grade joint knife duct taped to a shoe. I enjoy the broad sweeping and jabbing motions of my legs while looking down on the canvas from above. Thick layers of acrylic and pumice are applied, scraped off, reapplied, sliced off, smashed, scuffed, etc. Sometimes I add collage components including paint skins and magazine pages on the first layer. The color fields interplay with each other, attempting to find common ground resulting in complex edges. The process continues until a solution is found, always applying and mixing paint directly on the canvas, scraping away layers to reveal the ghostly characters of the previous.  Determining when a painting is finished is a crucial and difficult step in my process.”

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Location

Thorp Building

Thorp Building
Studio 217
1620 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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Phone

Call 612-839-1577

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Acorn 40×40″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
1.5″ deep ready to hang

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Artery 40×40″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
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Automatic 20×20″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
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Bandicoot 40×40″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
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Baron 12×12″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
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Basquiat 24×24″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
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Belize 12×12″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
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Black Egg 12×12″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
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Blue Cat 36×36″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
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Bluegrass 36×36″

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Cannonball 12×12″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
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Chariot 30×30″

Acrylic and pumice on canvas, framed

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Electrolyte 20×20″

Acrylic and pumice on canvas

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Elephant 40×40″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
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Elixir 36×36″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
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Iron 40×40″

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Kingdom 36×72″ diptych

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Lobster 24×24″

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Mallard 12×12″

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Meteor 24×24″

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Monarch 30×30″

Monarch 30×30″
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Monolith 30×30″

Monolith 30×30″
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Moth 24×24″

Moth 24×24″

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Murmur 20×20″

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Nautilus 40×40″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
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Pepper 40×40″

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Poppermost 30×30″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
1.5″ deep ready to hang (Framed in black wood)

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Rebo 36×36″

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Reckoning 20×20″

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Reptile 30×30″

Reptile 30×30″
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Rooster 40×80″ diptych

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Shrike 36×36″

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Station 30×30″

Station 30×30″
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Striation 30×30″

Striation 30×30″
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Sultan 60×60″

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Tavern 40×40″

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Tic 12×12″

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Turk 24×24″

Acrylic on Canvas, framed

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Windfall 36×36″

Acrylic and pumice on gallery wrapped stretched canvas with painted edges
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