Jack in the Moniker Gallery. Denver, 2016

Jack in the Moniker Gallery. Denver, 2016

"I was raised in a home nestled in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. My dad an inventor, timber framer, and part-time custom motorcycle builder. My mom, a wild creative and a modern dancer. This made for a very supportive environment for a budding artistic mind. During my teenage years I found my influences in the streets from graffiti and lettering styles, I then discovered the artwork of Rick Griffin and the movement of psychedelic art throughout the 70’s. This changed my outlook entirely, I would spend hours upon hours with pen and ink emulating the styles of the poster art masters of the era. Those drawings meta-morphed into screen-prints, and I was later given the opportunity to create show posters for some of my greatest musical influences.

After some time this work became mundane and I felt I was lacking the tools to further crystalize my visions, the process felt rigid and unforgiving. This drove me to begin experimenting with paint, feeling unfamiliar as I had little experience aside from spray-paint when I was younger. After months of struggle and key figures pushing me in the right direction I found my stride and quickly realized oil was the medium for me. I became obsessed. Reading books, studying paintings, experimenting with different techniques. A lack of satisfaction was a consistent force, driving me across the globe looking to further my knowledge of paint and materials. With guidance from modern masters such as Christian Rex Van Minnen and Maura Holden I learned techniques such as underpainting, indirect painting, and using luminous glazes that lead to a more vibrant and refined version of my work. For this, I feel eternally grateful.

My fuel for life is beauty and creativity, I look for it anywhere I can even when I don’t find it in my own work. My promise to myself is to contribute to the beauty of the world, to shine light in dark places and to bask in the freedom that art can provide."

-Jack Shure