Monotype 1/1
Plate size 18 x 24 cm
Signed pencil LR

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Zanzibar monotype Shaun Caton

Shaun Caton is an internationally renowned performance artist, painter, collagist, animated film maker, writer and cultural lobotomist. Since the early 1980s he has presented about 575 live performances globally.  In 2019 he performed in the 58th Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Papafava. To date he has had over 100 exhibitions of his paintings, prints, photographs, collages and books. An experimental, multi-media artist, Shaun works 24/7 365 days a year. He believes his work is in a state of constant change and evolution. ‘My next painting or collage will be a breakthrough ‘.  A  former student of Zen, Shaun places little importance on fashion or current trends in art and is a truly one-off, original artist following his own pathway.  Shaun Caton has been the recipient of many awards in his long career, he studied at Winchester College of Art and Goldsmith’s College. 

Caton works from his own bizarre inventory of signs, symbols and characters, that crop up frequently in his compositions, forming strange half told tales that jump back and forth in time. Like all of his work, its metamorphic: a gouache painting is a memory of a performance and recycles the same totems and figures made from cardboard that also appear in his paper cut and paste collages. His work is in a state of constant experimentation.

Shaun makes hundreds of collages and loves working with coloured cardboard and paper. His fingers are covered in glue every day! He first started making collages in about 1980 but since 2016 has been developing a powerful visual language that is unique to his art. The collage works rely on the emotive juxtaposition of intensely saturated colour and are a more refined and simplified version of his paintings, often employing the same characters and objects which return time and again. Shaun sees his collages as ‘unfinished stories’ which the viewer can interpret in a variety of ways. Many collages explore rituals and magic, others focus on abstractions of nature and the supernatural. The ideas for his collages are derived from his dreams, which he has been recording since 1988.

Zanzibar monotype by Shaun Caton – see more on his artist page

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Dimensions 18 × 24 cm

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