Today we’d like to introduce you to Shane Izykowski.
Shane, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Taegu, South Korea and adopted at the age of two. As long as I can remember, I’ve been creating artwork of some kind. I’ve dabbled in music, poetry, costuming, special effects makeup, film-making, writing, drawing, sculpting, photography, and the list goes on. I lived in Northeast Pennsylvania for most of my life and moved to the Bay Area in 2015. Since living on the west coast, I’ve worked as the lead artist for Madame Tussauds SF, a preparator at the SFO Museum, a set designer at a circus school and most recently a full-time fine artist. I also co-host the Drawing From Experience podcast about the life and business of art with my partner, Sonia Leticia.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My dark art explores the idea of a narrative portrayal, with believably realistic characters, in a slightly unsettling realm. I paint people I know, places I’ve explored and animals that have crossed my path. My mission is to create work that invokes the need to explore a wider narrative, carefully wrapped within the confines of a dark world. My hope is that the curiosity you experience will transform your preconceptions of what dark art means to you, and make it much more acceptable for you to fall in love with the notion that through tragedy and loss, we can find what it is that makes us human.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
The best advice I can give is to network and grow your professional connections while simultaneously building the audience that will support your art business. One of the biggest mistakes I see artists make is to get totally lost in the work, and not become a part of the community that would support it. The marketing and the networking is almost as important as the art itself, and with today’s social media world, we have to be connected with our audience. The only way to do that is to be genuine, accessible and relatable. The professional connections can be built over time, but you have to be willing to do the work. Go to the art shows, meet the right people and the connections will reveal themselves to you.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
“Subversions” Group Show at Arc Studios & Gallery
1246 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26th 7-9PM
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 23, 1-3PM
Exhibition: January 26 – February 23, 2019
Edwardian Ball, San Francisco
January 25th and 26th, 2019
Regency Ballroom – 1300 Van Ness Avenue, SF
“Grimm” Oculus Obscura Collective Group Show at Ars Memoria
1770 W Berteau Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9th
Exhibition Dates: Through the month of February, 2019
“Midnight Moon in the Garden of Goodbye” Solo Exhibition
Secession Art & Design
3235 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5th 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: Through April & May 2019
And, of course you can support my art through my online webstore and social media:
- Website: www.shaneizykowski.com/shop
- Phone: 570-856-1001
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/shaneizykowski
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/shaneizykowskiartist
All Images are mine, but titles are as follows:
“What We’ve Lost”
“The Sleeping Siren”
“Ouija: Life, Death, Rebirth”
““Will You Walk Into My Parlour?”
“The Killer of Men”
“The Gift of Grievance”
If you have questions on which is which, please let me know. Thanks!