Edouard Malingue Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Homer Shew's recent paintings. The artist's first exhibition with the gallery and in the region, 'Backgrounds' showcases a series of paintings that the artist started in 2015, of Asian Americans living in the US. Intimate, meticulously textured and richly contextualised, the group of portraits depicts faces and bodies that are charged with sincere and complex emotions, and are substantially de-alienated. The paintings go beyond a time of intensified racial conflict, and pertain instead to contemporary human conditions in general, as Shew playfully declares that, for this series of portraits that is going to be a life-long endeavour, he would like to paint every Asian American he gets to encounter in America.
Homer Shew earned his B.A. in Visual Art from Bard College in 2012. He has exhibited paintings at the CP Project Space at SVA (New York, NY), The Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL), The Silent Barn (Brooklyn, NY), and Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY). Coinciding with the ‘Backgrounds’ exhibition is the exhibition ‘Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tide of Racism’ at the Museum of Chinese in America (New York, NY), in which a series of Shew’s large-scale commissioned paintings are on view. Shew has completed residencies in Chicago and Preston Ranch, WY, and will be an artist-in-residence at The Millay Colony For the Arts (Austerlitz, NY) from November 2021.
邵若然在2012年於巴德學院獲得視覺藝術學士學位。他曾參加以下機構舉辦的展覽：CP Project Space，視覺藝術學院（紐約）；海德公園藝術中心（芝加哥）；Silent Barn（布魯克林），及巴德學院（哈得遜河畔安嫩代爾）。在此次「背景」展覽舉辦之時，邵若然也將參加MOCA美國華人博物館舉辦的展覽「響應：美國亞裔抵制種族主義浪潮的呼聲」（紐約），展出由該館委託創作的系列大型繪畫。邵若然曾在芝加哥及懷俄明州普雷斯頓牧場參加駐留項目，並將於2021年11月參加紐約州奧斯特利茨 The Millay Colony For the Arts 駐留項目。