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Urban Scenes: An Art Portfolio by Shawn Demarest

A painting of a rainy street on an overcast dayPowell Paint, oil and graphite on panel

Shawn Demarest’s painting portfolio focuses on urban scenes, viewed through rain-coated or fogged windshields and windows. The artist’s works seem to paradoxically offer a sense of warmth by showcasing stormy, snowy, and chilly scenes as something seen through a protective barrier.

A painting of a city street with carsSE Stark, oil on panel


I really like seeing the contrast between daytime and nighttime scenes in Shawn’s portfolio. The artist’s portrayals of busy city streets at dusk or in nighttime often take saturated, electric blue and navy hues as their basis, blending in tones of red, yellow, and green to create the look of street lamps diffused by water and air, reflecting off slick asphalt.

Available works on Shawn Demarest's art portfolio websiteAvailable works from Shawn's ongoing City series


As we saw in our previous feature of Shawn’s moody portraits of urban streets, and in some of the artist’s recent works, Shawn’s work with abstract compositions and forms sometimes merges into her figurative paintings. Works depicting cars and streets are overlaid with translucent shapes that distort and refract the forms of the painting, calling to mind the refraction of water droplets like the works of Ben Reeves.  

An abstract painting of a sunsetSong, oil and graphite on panel

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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