About

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STATEMENT

I am influenced by the interconnection between humanity and nature. The organic qualities of my work stem from my love and respect for nature and its mysterious repetition of line and form. Working from my visual memory, the figuration appears and disappears within the shapes and gestural movements... it's perception vs. reality that intrigues me.

“Each free-flowing exploration is only complete when the abstract touches the familiar...that point when something definite has been created, but its mystery is still intact. My hope is that when someone views my work, they are drawn in and connected on an emotional level to something fundamentally human.”

 

BIO

Embracing the essence of Organic Abstraction, Shar Coulson's work reflects her love of nature and the human figure. Working intuitively, Shar explores the idea of perception vs. reality within the allusive figuration, gestural line work and organic forms found in her paintings. She was formally trained in classical figurative realism, yet finds her passion runs deepest in the world of abstraction. Her sensibility is also deeply informed by a successful career as a designer and executive creative director. Shar is a founding member of the Chicago Art Salon and exhibits both nationally and internationally. She lives in the Near West Side Market District of Chicago, IL.

 

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Born in 1955.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018   Featured work by Shar Coulson; James May Gallery, Algoma, WI  |  November 2 - December 29

2018   Perception Vs. Reality; A | Proof Gallery, Washington, DC  |  October 20 - November 25

2018   Patterns of Nature; Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL  |  September 21 - November 2

2018   Surfaces; The Hardy Gallery, Ephraim, WI  |  August 31 - October 14

2018   Birds of a Feather; Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI 

2018   Door County Plein Air Competition, Door County, WI

2018   Abstractions 2018; Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, NM  

2018   Fragmented; ArtSpace 8, Chicago, IL

2018   6th Annual Competition; Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL

2018   Radical Invention; Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL

2017   Winter Salon; Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL

2017   Solo Exhibition: Organic Expressionism; Cultivate, Evanston, IL

2017   Paint the Town - Plein Air Competition, Northbrook, IL

2017   Jefferson Plein Air Competition, Jefferson, WI

2017   Vitality; Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI

2017   Continuity; Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI

2017   The Essence of Organic Abstraction; A | Proof Gallery, Washington, DC

2017   New Horizons; Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL

2016   Solo Exhibition: FaunaFloraFigure; The Union League Club, Chicago, IL

2016   Puzzle Abstract Exhibit; Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI

2016   Summer Soltices; Artspace 8, Chicago, IL

2016   Cedarburg Plein Air Competition, Cedarburg, WI

2016   Chess; Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI

2016   Agape; Artspace 8, Chicago, IL

2015   Artspace 8 Gallery Group Show, Chicago, IL

2013   Cedarburg Plein Air Competition, Cedarburg, WI

2012   Hiding In Clear Sight; North Shore Art League, Chicago, IL

2012   Centered States; South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI

2012   Cedarburg Plein Air Competition, Cedarburg, WI

2011   Reassembled Group Show; South Shore Arts, Munster, IN

2011   Compilation Group Exhibition; The Art Center, Highland Park, IL

2010   North Park Art Walk, Chicago, IL

2010   Shared Visions Group Show; The John Almquist Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010   Sevres. Beyond Blue; Brickton Arts Center Group Show, Chicago, IL

2010   Improbability; Chicago, IL

2009   Kunst10daagse: Art Unites; Bergen, The Netherlands

2004   Objects of Nature; Helsinki, Fish Creek, WI

2004   Two Schools of Thought; Felter School, Chicago, IL

2002   Group Figurative Show; Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001   Tradition and Innovation; The Three Arts Club, Chicago, IL

2000   Alumni Show; School of Representational Art, Chicago, IL

SELECTED AWARDS

2018   Peoples Choice Award                                                                                                                                                   The Hardy Gallery, Ephraim, WI

2018   Judges Choice Award                                                                                                                                                     Door County Plein Air Event, Door County, WI

2018   "Best of Show" 6th Annual Art Competition
          Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL

2017   1st Place Quick Paint and 2nd Place Main Event
          Paint the Town - Plein Air Competition, Northbrook, IL

2017   2nd Place and Artist Choice
          Jefferson Plein Air Competition, Jefferson, WI
 
2016   Honorable Mention
          Cedarburg Plein Air Competition, Cedarburg, WI

2012   Honorable Mention
          Cedarburg Plein Air Competition, Cedarburg, WI

EDUCATION

School of Representational Art, Chicago, IL

ADDITIONAL STUDIES:  American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL & Koh-Varilla Guild, Chicago, IL

INDEPENDENT STUDY:  Judy Pfaff, George Sotos & Patrick Betaudier