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Shawn Huckins bases his work on 18th century American paintings and interjects modern social media jargon.
Bold and often humorous clips of text messages or tweets are superimposed on well-known history figures. It is a response to our modern obsession with quick, clipped communication, using art that was carefully created over time.
Huckins writes “If George [Washington] could comment today, would he click the ‘like’ button, or post wtf? and then go check his Lady Gaga tweet?”
Before becoming a painter, Shawn studied film, architecture and graphic design.
His works aren't digitally generated or Photoshopped. Huckins painted each piece by hand, including the lettering.