Andrew Shears Opening Reception
550 South Guadalupe Street
“The first step in the direction of beauty is to understand the frame and scope of the imagination, to comprehend the act itself of aesthetic apprehension.” —James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The artwork of Andrew Shears belies his years. Skillfully astute and conceptually profound, the artist’s paintings transcend the noise and agitation in our technologically frenzied culture.
Shears’ work centers on his unconventional experiences with the mundane. Through beguilingly simple subject matter primitively centralized in composition, the work emanates wholeness. Portraits of ordinary, single objects or solitary, familiar places, viewed straight ahead as if in a mutual encounter, remind us of something we’ve perhaps felt before—something now articulated in a different and specific way. We recall, in the words of James Joyce, being arrested by beauty.