The striking imagery and visceral style of Chicago artist Scott Shellhamer deconstructs hallowed icons and dissects despair. As a rigorously disciplined autodidact committed to traditional media, Shellhamer draws on raw emotion and an organic, human quality in his work, eschewing machine-tooled precision. At the same time, there is a mordant sense of humor that bubbles to the surface, balancing the dark motifs.
As a complement to his visual aesthetic, Shellhamer has been a guitarist for the metal band American Heritage in addition to many others. He also previously played drums with indie instrumentalists Ghosts And Vodka.
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