Paul’s artistic career started in Boston with projects ranging from an ornate steel stairway entrance for the Boston Distillery, South Boston, MA to a gallery touring member of the Artist Foundation, a Boston-based artist guild sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Along the way, he stayed close to nature and created abstract organic forms using steel, stone and aluminum showing in galleries throughout New England and even on a New York City set of a Liam Neeson film.
After 20 years of creating steel and stone sculpture, Paul Shampine turned his blowtorch to canvas, creating an inspiring new medium. By varying the paint’s viscosity with heat, he produces great movement with soft fluid lines, lively textures and forms to render another dimension. The additional dimension is an essential backdrop in expressing the energy and beauty of his fluid subject; the Ocean. He builds upon that foundation with an oceanic color palette and by fusing aluminum to create his Coastal Contemporary Abstracts.
Paul wraps his own canvases with organic cotton canvas and custom welds the brushed aluminum framing for a clean, finished contemporary feel. He often takes creative liberties with the framing, steam bending the canvas wood frame creating a truly unique, one-of-a-kind wall sculpture.
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