Shawn Conn

I started creating art as soon as I was old enough to hold a crayon and haven't stopped since. I took art classes all the way through high school and, after 3 years at the Rochester Institute of Technology, studying painting and illustration under the tutelage of mentors like Judd Williams, Steve Loar and Fred Meyer, I served 4 years in the Army.  After my time, in the Army, I have spent the last 25 plus years of my life as a successful tattooist and freelance illustrator. My illustration clients have included, Varese Sarabande, Cutting Edge, Warner Brothers and Topps to name a few. But, I had never veered far from my first love, painting. In 2006, I began to paint fervently, working to define my style and artistic voice. I quickly began to exhibit in numerous group shows around the United States and globally, including in Denmark and Thailand.


After 2009, I felt my work was becoming forced and uninspired, for the sake of entering numerous shows. So, I limited my submissions to shows, and spent the next several years redefining my style and defining my impetus for painting. In 2017, I reemerged with a renewed vigor and defined purpose for painting. It was at this time, that I began experimenting with integrating traditional art with digital art in response to society’s explosive embrace of technology.

I live and work in Rochester, NY as a full time painter and tattooist, with my wife, 2 of our 5 children and our dog, Ginger.


Artist's Statement

"The Universe was looking for artists, so I applied."

Over my years as a career artist, my artist statement changes on an almost minute by minute basis. Like most human beings my emotional state and interests at any one given time affect my decisions and actions, and creating art is no different. Rather than be defined by a particular genre of painting, I paint what sparks my creativity at the moment. Whether it be my annual Santa Claus paintings, because of my love for the holiday season, or painting highly textured abstracts for an entire month, I paint what I am driven to paint. My hope, is that each piece of art that I create connects with a viewer(s) on a personal, emotional level. Just as it does for me while creating it.

Music is an integral part, in the creation of my art, invoking a particular emotional state as I go through my creative process from start to finish. Music can be the gateway to our innermost emotions and most authentic selves. I listen to everything from dark ambient to alternative pop and even Christmas music. It really helps me to feel more connected to a particular painting as it begins to emerge from the varied strokes and colors I apply to the canvas.

Galleries & Representation

Whitman Works Company, 1826 Penfield Rd., Penfield, NY 14526   585-420-8654

Indiewalls16 West 36th Street, Suite 1001, New York NY 10018 

Solo Exhibitions


-December Featured Artist, Mendon 64, Mendon, NY

-Windows Into Darkness, Whitman Works Co., Rochester, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions


Magic & Mayhem, Whitman Works Co., Rochester, NY


-Solstice: Studies in Light & Dark, Whitman Works Co., Rochester, NY

-Fairy Tales, Milkcrate Space, Hanover, MD


-In the Realm of Dreams and Fear, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY


-Here Be Monsters, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA
-The 40 oz Show, MF Gallery, New York, NY


-Level 13: Video Game Art, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN


-6x6x2009, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
-Art Awake, Pixley Warehouse, Rochester, NY 
-Superheroes & Supervillains, Look At This Gallery, Chang Mai, Thailand


-Art Awake, Studio 55, Rochester, NY
-6x6x2008, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
-Freedom & Resident Artists IV, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN
-Monster Mash-up, Club Pearl, Rochester, NY


-The Board Show, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA
-Resident Artist's Show, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN
-CPopportunity!, CPop Gallery, Detroit, MI
-Dirty Little Secrets, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN
-Forbidden Art: Finance of Expression, Copenhagen, Denmark
-The Last Gasp, Washington School of Photography, Bethesda, MD


-The Guerrilla Art Show, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN
-The Dirty Show, Detroit, MI
-Dia De Los Meurtos, AKA Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
-A Carnivorous Delight, Gallery Noir, Los Angeles, CA
-The Art of Horror, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN
-International Art Money, Permanent Collection, Denmark
- The Sugar Coated Show, The Pop Shop, Lakewood, OH
-The Last Big Thing, Baltimore, MD

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