The Beauty of Art
Artist Shawn Fields makes the commonplace is significant
“The commonplace is significant,” says Shawn Fields.
“Everyday life, when made the subject of art, can represent beauty and truth.”
Afghans is one such beautiful moment. Fields enjoys putting the handiwork of “grandma” on a pedestal, symbolic of America and domestic life. He draws ideas for his paintings from personal experiences, such as spending hours watching TV while growing up.
For this painting, he placed two of his three children, who are often his models, under afghans and in front of a television. “In my recent work, the theme of children playing has been a great vehicle for describing joy and happiness,” says the 42-year-old Mill River representational artist, largely influenced by Norman Rockwell.
Fields grew up outside Baltimore, attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and completed his formal training at The New York Academy of Art. He recently received a $10,000 Artist’s Resource Trust grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. What he hopes is that his work evokes a sense of fearlessness, courage, gratefulness, and hope.