Shawn Queenan: An International
Acclaimed Local Artist Has Found His Way Home
accomplished local artist Shawn Queenan, Stroudsburg's own
son renowned the world over for his brilliantly colorful, unique
cityscape creations. First schooled in the basics by French cityscape
artist Yves Martin in Paris, Shawn went on to resettled in London.
There he continued learning from various artists, while distinguishing
himself within London's arts community. Then it happened. While
attending a party by British author, Sir William Empson, Shawn was
introduced to the Director of England's prestigious Victoria
and Albert Museum and found himself at the turning point of
his career. For soon afterward, Shawn had acquired unlimited access
to the art library's treasure of original drawings of some of the
great masters of cityscape and quickly developed his own individual
style of drawing and painting.
But while he
learned his style in Europe, he found his flair for rich, vibrant
colors from the lavish hues in Hollywood, Florida, and paintings
from Matisse and Haitian art. Indeed, his captivating use of coloration
has earned Shawn the rather unique title of "sophisticated primitive"
from one of America's great primitive artists himself, Sterling
Strausser. Yet equally crucial to Shawn's success is his creative
passion to please the beholding eye: "When I do my paintings, I
like to watch the expressions on peoples' faces. I like to create
art that makes you smile." And smile, we do.
having traveled the globe selling his art everywhere from Ireland
to Russia to the Middle East, in addition to his affiliation
with galleries in England, France, Japan, and the U.S., Shawn has
returned to his hometown and opened the Pocono Art Publishing
Company in Stroudsburg. Not content with simply making his Giclee
Prints on canvass and paper available to the local community, Shawn
has also opened his publishing house to other artists to free them
from the larger publishers to encourage quality art at affordable
prices. So stop in when you're in town and enjoy the artistry; if
it's affiliated with Shawn, you can bank on its appeal.