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Shawn Dulaney has worked as a painter for over three decades. Her paintings can be found in extensive public collections worldwide, as well as in the private collections of author Annie Proulx, actor Steve Buscemi, artist Jo Andres, talk-show host Conan O’Brian and musician Stuart Copeland.
Her landscapes have also appeared in episodes of TV’s Sex & the City and Portlandia, the films It’s Complicated and Interview, and in the HBO series Enlightened. Her work has been reviewed in ARTnews Magazine and the New York Times, and has been featured in Parabola Magazine and New American Paintings.
Modwalls wanted to grab a few minutes with her to talk about her approach to color and design. She describes her work as “layered constructions of color merging to form spacious abstractions where nature references correspond to human emotional state.”
William Zimmer of the New York Times says, “Shawn Dulaney is deliberately out for grandeur. but she is also out for intimacy. Her paintings take advantage of their innate ambiguity and declare themselves to be very current in the thinking that lies behind them.”
How does color inform your work?
I love the alchemy that happens between physical materials, intuition and inspiration. I use color as the primary vehicle in attempting to create something experiential and ephemeral.
When I start a painting, I have a sense of what it will feel like at the end, then I begin to search for that feeling usually to find something else entirely. I may start with some reference, i.e. a cloud, a horizon, an event in nature, etc., and then it becomes a process of reducing that down to its essence. This way the color can be experienced as a metaphor or vehicle.
I am inspired, nourished and transported by color.
The art world, as in design, can be influenced by trends. How do you deal with the influence of trends in your work?
Trends don’t influence me. I try to be true to my own voice and essence. When I work, it requires a focus much like meditation where I empty my mind and become receptive. I know this spills over into my daily life. It helps keep me grounded and in the present moment.
To contact Shawn about her work, email email@example.com
Diane von Furstenberg knows how to Live With Color.
I mean really LIVE with, in, around and about color!
I’ve been watching her new reality show, House of DVF, about interns vying for a job as a Brand Ambassador for her fashion empire.
While I’m underwhelmed by the immaturity, and in-fighting of the interns, I’m in Love with the DVF brand and the brilliant woman who created it.
Diane von Furstenberg has been making women look effortlessly chic for years.
Her signature wrap dress is at home in every setting and on every woman. I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember.
Watching this show is a master class on her joyous sense of color and print not to mention business and marketing acumen. The latest collections are bright and beautiful with unexpected mixes of colors and bold designs.
And her office is also bursting with color. Not in a cluttered way but in a way that makes me feel as if I could do my best work there.
Take for instance those woven cloth side chairs in her office at DVF HQ – Where can they be found? I’m on a quest.
The finale to the show is coming up. I’m rooting for Brittany if she can get her ego in check. We’ll see if it works out for anyone and if the company decides to do this show a second time. It seems like a big headache for the DVF team but certainly showcases the brand well.
What I’ve come away with is that Diane von Furstenberg is a fair and generous leader who is taking a bite out of the world in her own classy way. This woman knows how to Live With Color! And don’t we all want to do just that?