Artist
Shaina Craft Chicago, Illinois

Shaina’s figurative work spans the range from realism to abstraction, a dichotomy which she finds to be an ongoing inner conflict within her work. “It’s a search for balance and subtlety,” she says. Shaina is also captivated by the relationship between the beautiful and the grotesque, as seen in her varying presentations of the female form. She works from her own source imagery in a process that includes underpainting, layers of paint, and glazing. When she’s not painting, Shaina also makes tiles and pottery for a local ceramics shop.

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    About The Artist

    Shaina’s figurative work spans the range from realism to abstraction, a dichotomy which she finds to be an ongoing inner conflict within her work. “It’s a search for balance and subtlety,” she says. Shaina is also captivated by the relationship between the beautiful and the grotesque, as seen in her varying presentations of the female form. She works from her own source imagery in a process that includes underpainting, layers of paint, and glazing. When she’s not painting, Shaina also makes tiles and pottery for a local ceramics shop.

    Artist Statement

    My paintings are deep ruminations about living life in our fleshy bodies everyday. They offer an honest, unglamorous vision of the female body that rejects decorative elements and shows only the subject and the environment. My work has roots in classical portraiture and grows organically as I react to each added brushstroke. In my newest paintings the poses of my figures exhibit both fortitude and vulnerability, and strength is shown through the subject’s robust hands. Nothing is softened. Special attention is given to the folds and fleshiness of the skin which are so often smoothed over. My intention is to create lush, visceral paintings that people can connect to and feel themselves in.
    The figure is the most complicated organic form in existence. It is continuously challenging and there is no better way to connect to people than to make paintings they can instantly relate to- the depiction of another human being just like them. I’m interested in the inner dialogue, the extent to which I can touch another person just through paint. My work becomes this powerful connection to others in which I challenge the tropes of the figurative canon and convey the complexity of life’s experiences.

    Artist Background

    New York Academy of Art
    Master of Fine Arts, 2015

    Maryland Institute College of Art

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2011

    Hear What Collectors Say About Shaina's Work

    Shaina Craft 2/8/2018 | 6:18 PM

    That's very kind, thanks. I try to capture the essence of the moment as best I can.

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    R Webb purchased this artwork. 2/2/2018 | 9:43 AM

    Love your work. Very insightful.

    Lisa R 1/29/2018 | 11:41 AM

    I ordered three of these Peep show pieces and I just love them! Shaina's work is so detailed and beautiful..and has a lot of presence - they're arresting - they catch my attention when I walk by them. Thank you!

    Shaina Craft 1/2/2018 | 1:58 PM

    Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it!

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    A Segel purchased this artwork. 1/2/2018 | 1:00 PM

    Fantastic and well executed! Love the piece.

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