The study of non-functioning detail, found in man-made objects and the built environment, is the primary focus of my work. These tiny elements that serve no apparent practical purpose, and which may even compromise functionality, can nonetheless elevate an object from the mundane to something considered to be of value or even beauty.

 

I produce very precise and exacting paintings which are usually sparse in their content. The flat painted surfaces are built up of many thin layers leaving no discernible signs of brush-marks. I use no mathematical systems or underlying grids to create the images. However, they are not completely random, rather each is an illustration of a simple concept: perhaps an overlap, misalignment or the restriction of the image to the edges. The empty space serves to hold the elements in place, separate them or allow them to interact.

 

The finished work, though laboriously hand-made, has a deceptively manufactured appearance. These are works made to be viewed at close quarters. The simplicity of the image focuses our attention towards the minuscule and demands close scrutiny. Instead, we are drawn in to an intimate space where the barrier between viewer and artist diminishes.

Curriculum Vitae

Exhibitions (Selected):

2016

Berlin Art Fair, (with Galerie Floss & Schultz), Berlin, Germany
THE BLACK AND WHITE PROJECT, Curated by Look&Listen, Transmitter, Brooklyn, NYC, USA (group)
RE-STRUCTURED, curated by Ivo Ringe, The Exchange, Penzance UK (residency)
ON THE SAME LINE, Galerie Olivier Nouvellet, Paris, France (group)
ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL, Riki Mijling · Shawn Stipling, Galerie Floss & Schultz, Cologne, Germany (2 person)
OUT OF THE BLACK AND INTO THE BLUE, Galerie van den Berge, Netherlands (group)
PAPER PARIS, (with Look&Listen), Paris, France (group)
Galerie Victor Sfez, Paris, France (4 person)
Art Rotterdam, (with Galerie van den Berge), Rotterdam, Netherlands
ARGENTUM 2 (+1), Galerie van den Berge, Netherlands

2015

FORMATS RAISIN, A Michel Barjol Project, Galerie Martagon/Look&Listen, France, (group)
NIGHT AND DAY, Gallery Studio van Dusseldorp, Netherlands, curated by Linda Arts (group)
PAINTING, MORE OR LESS…, Transmitter, Brooklyn, NYC, USA (group)
THE SEED OF ITS OPPOSITE, Gallery North, Glasgow Kelvin College, Scotland (group)
Amsterdam Drawing Art Fair, (with Galerie van den Berge), Amsterdam, Netherlands
WE INSIST… ON INSISTE…, International Biennial of Non-Objective Art, Pont de Claix, France (group)
DAVE MEIJER · SHAWN STIPLING, Galerie van den Berge, Netherlands (2 person)
CARREMENT 2, L’Espace Christiane Peugeot, Paris (group)
STILL IN MOTION, E M Gallery, Drachten, Netherlands (group)
SATURATION ZERO, Abstract Project, Paris, France (group)
Art Rotterdam, (with Galerie van den Berge), Rotterdam, Netherlands

2014

WINTER SHOW, Galerie van den Berge, Netherlands (group)
STIMMUNG, Varsonofevsky Lane, 4/1, Moscow, Russia, (group)
EDGES TO EMPTINESS · KANTEN ZUR LEERHEIT, Kunstlerhaus Dosenfabrik, Hamburg, Germany (group)
WORKS ON PAPER, EXTENDED, COMPLEMENTED, Galerie van den Berge, Netherlands (4 person)
Salon Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, France (group)
Amsterdam Drawing Art Fair, (with Galerie van den Berge), Amsterdam, Netherlands
GRIDS, Galerie van den Berge, Netherlands (6 person)
Factory 49, Sydney, Australia (SOLO)
Art Bodensee Art Fair, (with ABContemporary), Switzerland
YOU HAVE NO IDEA, Gallery 6b, Elingen, Belgium, curated by Alain Biltereyst (5 person)
TOUJOURS SIMPLE, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France (group)
Galerie Olivier Nouvellet, Paris, France (4 person)
THE BLUE SQUARE PROJECT, Articulate Project Space, Sydney, Australia (4 person)
WORKS ON PAPER, SNO Contemporary Art projects, Sydney, Australia (3 person)
30/30 IMAGE ARCHIVE PROJECT4, ABContemporary, Zurich, Switzerland (group)
Galerie Olivier Nouvellet, Paris, France (4 person)

2013

MANIAC, EPISODE IV, T.A.S, Groningen, Netherlands (group)
Salon Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, France (group)
REASON AND ROMANCE, Gallery 6b, Elingen, Belgium, curated by Alain Biltereyst (group)
ON EDGE, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France (3 person)
UNE QUESTION DE FAIT, Galerie Olivier Nouvellet, Paris, France (4 person)
UNE QUESTION DE FAIT, Galerie Le Hang’Art, Grenoble, France (4 person)

2012

ART POGOST REDUX, Guslitz, Russia (group)
Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, Essex, UK (group)
Oriel Theatr Clwyd Gallery, Wales, UK (SOLO)

2011

DE/RECONSTRUCTED, Galeria Espacio Abierto, Calahorra, Spain (2 person)

2010

CUBE OPEN (RIBA Centre for the Urban Built Environment), Manchester, UK (group)

 

Shawn Stipling is represented by:
Galerie van den Berge, Netherlands
Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX, USA
Galerie Floss & Schultz, Cologne, Germany

 

Lives and works in Essex, UK.