Working in painting, sculpture and digital collage, Steven Shearer often draws upon his Internet research of youth subcultures as source imagery and a point of reference. He has created a number of works that highlight Heavy Metal fandom, such as "Guitar No. 5", a digital collage of basement rockers, and "List", a compilation of underground Death Metal recording titles. According to the artist, the long-haired figure in "1900" is derived from an image of a drummer from an "unknown" band. While an invented portrait, "1900" also makes iconographic and stylistic references to art historical works, particularly Brassaï’s Parisian café scenes, such as "Lovers in a small café in the Italian quarter" (c. 1932), and the expressive canvases of Edvard Munch and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. With this painting of a countercultural figure, Shearer probes alienating social forces and the complexities of youth, class and culture.