Steven Shearer

1900

2005
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.
Title
1900
Date
2005
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on linen
Dimensions
163.8 x 106.7 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2006 with the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists, National Gallery of Canada Foundation
Accession number
41768

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