In Shawn Watrous' artistic investigations he makes use of a combination of mediums and surfaces including acrylic, graphite, patterned fabric, printing ink, charcoal, drawing and print papers, translucent vellum, and digital photography printed on transparent polyester film. Each of these elements contain their own information whether in terms of color, shape, mark or gesture, representation or abstraction. Through a process of layering these bits of information together, Watrous is juxtaposing aspects of geometric abstraction, gestural expressionism, and photographic representation as a means of creating images that deal with memory and identity.
Watrous was born in San Francisco in 1977 and was raised on the San Francisco peninsula surrounded by ocean, the bay, mountains, and urban sprawl. Images from this part of the country are imprinted in his mind and continue to inform his artwork and aesthetic interests. He received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2002 and his MFA from Kent State University, Kent Ohio in 2013. He currently resides in Western Pennsylvania.