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Shawn Reynar holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts from Concordia University, Montreal, QC. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Minor in Art History from NSCAD University in Halifax, NS, as well as having studied at Langara College in Vancouver, BC. Reynar has received various honours for his research and work, including a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC). Reynar was a Snapline newsletter artist for the Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists (SNAP) in Edmonton, AB, Visiting Artist in Residence at Towson University in Maryland and Visiting Artist in print media at UNC Charlotte, NC. His work has been exhibited in Canada and the United States.

Expanding on traditional print and drawing methods Reynar’s work explores the possible relationships between the printed mark, gesture and newer technologies. As a means of bringing his imagery to fruition, he employs a number of techniques and processes, including manipulated graphs, grids, associated charts and hand tracings of found imagery related to his current subject matter, ‘essential,’ or ‘familial tremor.’ The notion of the ‘tremor’ in his work, a complex ailment that affects motor skills, lends itself to both analogue and digital treatments. All are layered and collaged together. The end result of these explorations is one that connotes struggle and determination; as well as a tension between the seemingly spontaneous, and elements that are composed with control and reticence.
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© Shawn Reynar, 2012
© Shawn Reynar, 2012
© Shawn Reynar, 2012