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Shawn Bonsky
Philadelphia, PA

About the Artist

Shawn Bonsky spent a majority of his childhood living in Detroit, Michigan, but at the age of 11 moved to rural South Carolina. While Shawn grew up loving the industrial lines of cities, he slowly began to experience the beauty of open fields and empty forests as he entered his teens.

Shawn attended Florida State University with an academic scholarship, aiming to learn as much as he could about beauty, culture and life in general. After a few years he became restless so he packed up and moved to NYC to learn about life the hard way. He wandered the streets of the city, eventually squatti…

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About the Artist

Shawn Bonsky spent a majority of his childhood living in Detroit, Michigan, but at the age of 11 moved to rural South Carolina. While Shawn grew up loving the industrial lines of cities, he slowly began to experience the beauty of open fields and empty forests as he entered his teens.

Shawn attended Florida State University with an academic scholarship, aiming to learn as much as he could about beauty, culture and life in general. After a few years he became restless so he packed up and moved to NYC to learn about life the hard way. He wandered the streets of the city, eventually squatting in the Lower East Side and living in a self-made shack in Brooklyn. After a couple years he became restless yet again, and decided he would try living in Japan. While Shawn lived in Hiroshima for a couple months he realized that he missed the states too much to stay in Japan. He then moved to Philadelphia and fell in love with a town where he has lived ever since.

Shawn is always hoping to improve his skills, and has traveled the country searching for vistas to inspire greater beauty. His work is inspired by dreams, by memories, and by myriad legends and folklore. He hopes to inspire a sense of nostalgia in his audience, a sense that the image you see, while new, will tug at the back of your mind and make you think it has always belonged there. You decide for yourself if he has been successful.

Artist’s Work

Deep life
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deep_life

By Shawn Bonsky

The wanderer
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the_wanderer

By Shawn Bonsky

Still real
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Some Things are Still Real

By Shawn Bonsky

Day trip
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Day Trip

By Shawn Bonsky

Susurrus
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susurrus

By Shawn Bonsky

Beyond
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beyond

By Shawn Bonsky

Ghosts
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ghosts

By Shawn Bonsky

Warriors journey
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warrior's_journey

By Shawn Bonsky

Tree of faith
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tree_of_faith

By Shawn Bonsky

The great swamp
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the_great_swamp

By Shawn Bonsky

Loyalty
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loyalty

By Shawn Bonsky

The hero
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the hero

By Shawn Bonsky

Struggle
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struggle

By Shawn Bonsky

Reading
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Reading

By Shawn Bonsky

Laura 2
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Laura 2

By Shawn Bonsky

I will wait forever
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i will wait forever

By Shawn Bonsky

Dont get lost
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Don't Get Lost

By Shawn Bonsky

Brigands
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brigands

By Shawn Bonsky

Happenstance
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Happenstance

By Shawn Bonsky

The playground
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the_playground

By Shawn Bonsky

Solace 2
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solace

By Shawn Bonsky

Bard
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bard

By Shawn Bonsky

Grasping
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Grasping

By Shawn Bonsky

The might brennan
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The Mighty Brennan

By Shawn Bonsky

We are strangers
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we_are_strangers

By Shawn Bonsky

Meditation
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Meditation

By Shawn Bonsky

Selected Exhibitions

  • "cold hands, warm hearts" Solo show at Benna's Cafe
    Philadelphia, PA, 2016
  • "The People We Know" Group show at B2
    Philadelphia, PA, 2010
  • "The Things You Told Me About" Solo show at Benna's Cafe
    Philadelphia, PA, 2010
  • Group show at Salt Gallery
    Philadelphia, PA, 2009
  • "Treasure Chest" Group show at Metaphor Contemporary Art
    Brooklyn, NY, 2008

Press and Accolades

  • Philadelphia City Paper "Last Chance"
    2007
  • UWISHUNU.com "Thurs. Art Pick: Boringbot at Conspiracy Showroom" review of "Sometimes the Adventure is in your Heart" show
    2007
  • FallonandRosof.com "Making it Happen" review of "Lubrica Mi Vida" show
    2005

Education

  • Florida State University,
    Tallahassee, FL,2001