Jon Shaw Paintings

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This is my current painting, next to the Railyway Club in downtown Vancouver.

This is my current painting, next to the Railyway Club in downtown Vancouver.

I’m in the middle of painting a large (4 x 4 foot) Darth Vader. This is the first layer of paint, and while there’s still plenty to go I’m very pleased with how it’s starting to shape up!

I’m in the middle of painting a large (4 x 4 foot) Darth Vader. This is the first layer of paint, and while there’s still plenty to go I’m very pleased with how it’s starting to shape up!

New painting - “Medley”, 36” x 36”, Ink, acrylic, coloured pencil, watercolour paper on wood panelThis is a series of sticker imagery that I’ve photographed around Vancouver, or sourced online for parts of the city I didn’t get to. In some instances, since I couldn’t FIND a particular graffiti sticker (but felt there should have been one) I made it myself, and collaged it on to the piece (such as R2-D2 and Jonny Canuck).It was a pretty fun piece to make.

New painting - “Medley”, 36” x 36”, Ink, acrylic, coloured pencil, watercolour paper on wood panel

This is a series of sticker imagery that I’ve photographed around Vancouver, or sourced online for parts of the city I didn’t get to. In some instances, since I couldn’t FIND a particular graffiti sticker (but felt there should have been one) I made it myself, and collaged it on to the piece (such as R2-D2 and Jonny Canuck).

It was a pretty fun piece to make.

Mar 8
This is a painting of the Vancouver Canucks logo, which I’ve titled “Badge”. It’s a really fun piece to run your hands over because I built up some nicely textured areas!

This is a painting of the Vancouver Canucks logo, which I’ve titled “Badge”. It’s a really fun piece to run your hands over because I built up some nicely textured areas!

Mar 3
Here’s a sketch I did of some cassette tapes. I’m really intrigued by old technology and I think this is going to turn into a painting very soon.

Here’s a sketch I did of some cassette tapes. I’m really intrigued by old technology and I think this is going to turn into a painting very soon.

This is a new commission I just finished for a very wonderful person on Vancouver Island. It was a lot of fun to make this work. The colour palette is pretty nice (I think) but there is some texture elements built into the paint mediums. I mixed sand with acrylic mediums to give the starfish a crusty, gritty top layer. I think the effect is pretty neat.

This is a new commission I just finished for a very wonderful person on Vancouver Island. It was a lot of fun to make this work. The colour palette is pretty nice (I think) but there is some texture elements built into the paint mediums. I mixed sand with acrylic mediums to give the starfish a crusty, gritty top layer. I think the effect is pretty neat.

I painted this ladybug. I get these random images in my head from time to time about certain art works that I would like to paint and this is one of them. Once I get that image in mind, I basically scour for a cool image online if its something I can’t photograph myself.When I decided I wanted to paint one of these little guys, it was basically out of an interest in the reds on the shell (to be exaggerated with pinks and purples) and the dark spot patterning.

I painted this ladybug. I get these random images in my head from time to time about certain art works that I would like to paint and this is one of them. Once I get that image in mind, I basically scour for a cool image online if its something I can’t photograph myself.

When I decided I wanted to paint one of these little guys, it was basically out of an interest in the reds on the shell (to be exaggerated with pinks and purples) and the dark spot patterning.

This is a small study of one area of Vancouver’s Chinatown. The Chinese Cultural Centre can be seen in the background. The Chinatown Plaza sign up front looms over from a parking garage across the street.

This is a small study of one area of Vancouver’s Chinatown. The Chinese Cultural Centre can be seen in the background. The Chinatown Plaza sign up front looms over from a parking garage across the street.

I live in Vancouver and my studio is close to a heavily industrialized area and shipping port. There is an ever-changing landscape there of cranes, large cargo ships, shipping containers and train cars. Every day the stuff moves around differently and changes what I see and the colour arrangements.I’ve been drawn to this imagery for quite some time and I finally got around to painting this piece, which explores the colour variety and busy, clustered nature of the area.

I live in Vancouver and my studio is close to a heavily industrialized area and shipping port. There is an ever-changing landscape there of cranes, large cargo ships, shipping containers and train cars. Every day the stuff moves around differently and changes what I see and the colour arrangements.

I’ve been drawn to this imagery for quite some time and I finally got around to painting this piece, which explores the colour variety and busy, clustered nature of the area.