Shaun Caton collage & paintings
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 pop up 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.
First Flight, a 13 layer screen print using Caton’s signature paper cutout and shadow puppet style that he employs in his performances. They are original artist’s proofs signed by the man himself. There are only six available.
Shaun Caton’s bold and vibrant gouache paintings present arcane narratives that are formed from his interest in primitive, prehistoric, tribal, outsider and folk art. A lifelong collector, Shaun incorporates many of his Thames foreshore finds as subject matter into his quirky paintings, distilling them with a sense of ribald mischief and the uncanny. His use of saturated colour is visually intoxicating and his paintings are layered with many washes of intense colour to achieve this effect. 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 recylces 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.
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