Shaina Craft


Contact Information

ShainaNCraft@gmail.com

http://www.shainanoellecraft.com/

Crane Old School 1417 North 2nd St Studio 26B Philadelphia, PA 19122

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Mixed Media / Painting

Archived Work

Artist's Biography

Shaina Craft is a visual artist working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She works primarily in oil and mixed media techniques on paper. Shaina's artwork has been shown at multiple galleries in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland: most notably, Dacia Gallery in NYC and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, as well as the Affordable Art Fair NYC with SaatchiArt. She recently exhibited in a group show at Lacey & Phillips Gallery curated by InLiquid. Shaina's piece 'Scatter' won 3rd place at the Philadelphia Sketch Club's Works on Paper exhibition in 2016. Her work was chosen for the MFA National Competition at First Street Gallery in NYC as well as the “Art of the State" exhibition at the PA State Museum in Harrisburg. Her work has been recognized by publications such as Juxtapoz, Curve Magazine, High Fructose, and Blisss Magazine.

Artist's Statement

I create figurative oil paintings and mixed media works on paper that synthesize contemporary and classical techniques. They contain an undulation between realism and abstraction created through gestural mark-making and layered glazing. I utilize the idea of obfuscation to transform the figure into a strong, yet fragmented presence. My aim is to merge the forms of the subject with the plasticity of the painted surface. The images constantly shift to deny a window-like viewing of the piece and marry together illusion with the physical act of painting. My intent is the create a lush, visceral painting that people can connect to, and perhaps, feel themselves in. My work grows from themes such as disappearance and the grotesque.

Selected Exhibitions

2017
Informally Acquainted, Black Moth Gallery, Ardmore, PA

Tone of Intention, Lacey & Phillips Gallery curated by InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

Mono//Chrome, The Mill Arts Collective, Bristol, PA

2016
Works on Paper Exhibition, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
3rd Prize

Faculty/Invited Alumni Show, MCCC, Blue Bell, PA

2015
MFA Thesis Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

2014
Works on Paper, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY

Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

MFA National Competition, First Street Gallery, New York, NY

Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

2013
Night; the different painting, Brooklyn FireProof, New York, NY

Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

Global Conscious, Local Artists, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

In the Presence Of, FWS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Faculty/Invited Alumni Show, MCCC, Blue Bell, PA

2011
Show of Heads, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

BFA Thesis Exhibition, Fox Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD

Dis/Order, Brown Center, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2010
Hexagon Members Show, Hexagon Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2009
Dualities, Hexagon Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Other
2017
Art for the Cash Poor, curated by InLiquid, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA

2016
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA

2015
Affordable Art Fair NYC, Saatchi Art, New York, NY

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, Philadelphia, PA

MFA Open Studios, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

SCGI Print Conference, New York Academy of Art, Knoxville, TN

2014
MFA Open Studios, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

Artist's Bibliography

Firneno, Jack, "Shades of Gray: Mill Arts Goes Colorless With New Art Show," Bristol Times, online and print

"Philadelphia: A Day in the Life of Shaina Craft," SaatchiArt, online

Mastrippolito, Philip, "Global Conscious, Local Artists," Title Magazine, online

Blisss Magazine, December 2013 issue, print

Curve Magazine, December 2013 issue, print

"Dark Hoard Project: Anthology of Macabre Art and Literature," print

Starr, Benjamin, "Double Vision: Paintings by Shaina Craft," Visual News, online

"Experiments by Shaina Craft," Curve Magazine, online

"Flesh on Flesh: Multiple Exposure Paintings by Shaina Craft," Lomography Magazine, online

"One To Watch: Shaina Craft," SaatchiArt, online

"Shaina Craft’s Experiments in Flesh," Juxtapoz Magazine, online

Olda, Danny, "Visually Unsettling Portraits by Shaina Craft," Hi Fructose Magazine, online

Affiliations

Artist member, InLiquid
Artist member, Potato Mike
Artist member, SaatchiArt
Artist member, CFEVA

Awards/Residencies

2016
3rd Place, Philadelphia Sketch Club Works on Paper Exhibition

2015
Merit Scholarship, New York Academy of Art

2014
Hudson Valley Plein Air Residency

2013
Art of the State finalist, State Museum of PA

2011
Fred and Jonna Lazarus Scholarship, Merit Scholarship, and Transfer Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art

2008
Best in Show and Judge’s Pick, Student Exhibition, Multiple Choice Gallery, PA

Education

2015
New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
MFA, Painting

2011
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
BFA, Painting