West Cornwall’s Souterrain Gallery located on 413 Sharon Goshen Turnpike is featuring the artwork of Shaun MacDavid and the subject is Trees. This exhibit will be up through August 4, 2019. Shaun McCluskey MacDavid grew up in rural West Tennessee, the second of six children whose father was an English professor, and whose mother loved the outdoors and gardening. Shaun graduated with a BFA degree from Middle Tennessee State University and afterward moved to Boston with her husband Andrew. There she studied painting and drawing at the Art Institute of Boston as well as the Museum School. During a year spent in New York City, she studied anatomy and painting at the Art Students League. Then she moved to Buffalo in order to pursue her MFA degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. There she received a scholarship to teach figure drawing and graduated in 1992. Since then she has lived in Boston, Cape Cod, and currently her home in West Cornwall, Connecticut, where she lives with Andrew and their two children, Charlie, a film student at Mass College of Art and Design, and Lydia, a commercial songwriting student at Middle Tennessee State University. Shaun enjoys walks with her English Setter, Maisie.
Shaun’s paintings have been exhibited at various galleries including Chase Gallery in Boston, Mark Gallery in Cambridge, Portland Art Gallery in Portland, Hermine Merel Smith Fine Art on Martha’s Vineyard, Bennett Street Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, Stellers Gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and Souterrain Gallery, West Cornwall. She is currently represented by the Scott Bundy Gallery in Kennebunkport, and Rice/Polak Gallery in Provincetown. Her work can be found in many private and corporate collections across the country.
Although Shaun has been a figurative painter for years, this most recent work is best described as abstract. However, it draws heavily on the colors, forms, and rhythms found in nature. The work invokes the spirit of a place, telling its particular memory and impression that forms over time. This new work is inspired by the artist Joan Mitchell, who was part of the New York School, but who spent the bulk of her career in France; as well as the artist Grace Hartigan, also of the New York School. However, Shaun’s unique style and sense of color stand out as her own.