"As land creatures, the alien world of open water reveals to me what I really am (and what I am not) with brutal honesty. My paintings are investigations of my view of the ocean in light and form as seen through the unknown. When I am in the ocean, the abyss beneath me makes me feel both curious and vulnerable. The figures in these paintings are reduced to a sliver of a portrait overwhelmed by the sea. The hills and valleys in the layers of waves wrapping around a human being destabilizes the viewer. Neither the water nor the figure are the subject; the paintings are about the relationship between them and how it describes what it feels like to exist. " - Shane McClatchey
Shane McClatchey is from Point Pleasant, New Jersey. He received a BFA in Drawing and Painting with a minor in Graphic Design at the Laguna College of Art and Design, where he is currently pursuing an MFA. When he is not making artwork he can be found surfing and spearfishing along the Southern California coast or lifeguarding at the Jersey Shore. Represented by Main Street Gallery in Manasquan, New Jersey.
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