ARTIST STATEMENT

I am influenced by the interconnection between humanity and nature. The organic qualities of my work stem from my love and respect for nature and its mysterious repetition of line and form. Working from my visual memory, the figuration appears and disappears within the shapes and gestural movements... it’s perception vs. reality that intrigues me.

“Each free-flowing exploration is only complete when the abstract touches the familiar...that point when something definite has been created, but its mystery is still intact. My hope is that when someone views my work, they are drawn in and connected on an emotional level to something fundamentally human.”

 

BIO

Embracing the essence of Organic Expressionism, Shar Coulson’s work reflects her love of nature and the human figure. Working from visual memory, Shar explores the idea of perception vs. reality within the allusive figuration, gestural line work and organic forms found in her paintings. She was formally trained in classical figurative realism, yet finds her passion runs deepest in the world of abstraction. Her sensibility is also deeply informed by a successful career as a designer and executive creative director. Shar is a founding member of the Chicago Art Salon and has exhibited internationally. She lives in the Near West Side Market District of Chicago.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016   Solo Exhibition: FaunaFloraFigure; The Union League Club, Chicago, IL
2016   Puzzle Abstract Exhibit; Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI
2016   Summer Soltices; Artspace 8, Chicago, IL
2016   Cedarburg Plein Air Competition, Cedarburg, WI (Awarded Honorable Mention)
2016   Chess; Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI

2016 Artspace 8, Agape, Chicago, IL
2015 ArtSpace 8 Gallery Group Show, Chicago, IL
2013 Cedarburg Plein Air Competition, Cedarburg, WI
2012 Hiding In Clear Sight; North Shore Art LeagueChicago, IL
2012 Centered States; South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI
2012 Cedarburg Plein Air Competition, Cedarburg, WI (Awarded Honorable Mention)
2011 Reassembled Group Show; South Shore Arts, Munster, IN
2011 Compilation Group Exhibition; The Art Center, Highland Park, IL
2010 North Park Art Walk, Chicago, IL 2010 Shared Visions Group Show; The John Almquist Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010 Sevres. Beyond Blue; Brickton Arts Center Group Show, Chicago, IL
2010 Improbability; Chicago, IL 2009 Kunst10daagse: Art Unites; Bergen, The Netherlands

EDUCATION:  
School of Representational Art, Chicago, IL

ADDITIONAL STUDIES:
American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL & Koh-Varilla Guild, Chicago

INDEPENDENT STUDIES:
George Sotos & Patrick Betaudier

Judy Pfaff, George Sotos & Patrick Betaudier