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Russell Shoemaker received a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 2009.
His paintings are primal, Rousseauian landscapes that juxtapose his perception of space with literal representation. ‘I choose to explore the body in various states, concrete or abstract,’ he says.
Shoemaker is intrigued by the way in which flesh imprints itself on human memory, and aims to bring the viewer into the work using first person perspective. By this method he hopes to create a grappling effect of hallucinogenic seduction that is able to push and pull without inflicting a specific biography.
His work has been exhibited across the United States and he is currently enrolled in an MFA degree in studio art at University of Connecticut.