His Story of Art: Jon Shaw

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in HSOA

Getting to know some fantastic creative gents!

Welcome to the new Monday series His Story of Art. This will be an ongoing addition to the blog, and is designed to compliment Not Just Ladies Who Lunch, both meant to introduce you to some arts professionals. Their jobs will vary from freelance graphic designers to music composers, auction house specialists to painters. If you would like to be featured, please do send me a note! I am open to suggestions as this piece evolves. Here goes week one:

Meet Jon!

Jon and I met in the studio — second year painting to be precise. We share a love for peanut butter and colour. His works are vibrant explosions of beautiful line work and geometric washes. This fella has the kindest heart, can make delicious hummus and gives great hugs. Check out Jon’s website here or find him on facebook here. Want to own a piece of Jon’s work for yourself? He has an etsy shop here.

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I went to art school at Mount Allison University, in Canada’s East Coast. After getting a BFA in traditional painting, drawing and sculpture, I did a year of contemporary design training at Sheridan College in Ontario. I work as a graphic and web production designer for an advertising agency in the day, and in my studio at night. I live and work in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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1. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

An artist!!

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2. What was the last thing you Googled?

I looked up pictures of corgi puppies…because I love puppies and corgis.

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3. If you could collaborate on anything with anyone, what would it be and why?

I think I would really like to work on a large-scale art project with some of my inspirational artists in various cities around the world. Sharing creativity with different people in different places is one of the coolest ways to explore other places and people.

4. What was the best piece of advice you were ever given?

I read an amazing article by Bill Watterson, a famous comic artist, who outlined the importance of following your creative passions and endeavours instead of climbing the imaginary ladder that so many workers do with their lives. It’s so important to do what makes you smile as much as possible. Being humble about success and recognizing what is actually beneficial to your soul is the most important goal to aspire towards.

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5. What can’t you live without?

Peanut butter!

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6. What is your favourite piece of art?

I don’t think I could say. I look at art as whether or not it inspires and pushes me to do better work, or not. Therefore I have many that are my favourites, and many that are not.