Shae Detar creates otherworldly photographic mixed media images, using a unique hand-painting process in which she paints on top of her photographs. Shae’s surrealistic images merges photography and painting by exaggerating the colours of both the landscapes and her subjects. Taking them out of reality and placing them into Another World.
Shea takes great care to plan her locations. Often driving deep into the remotest regions at home in the US or farther afield. Eventually placing her subjects into the most untouched and idyllic landscapes she can find. Shae’s background in fine art painting and her influence from classical painters informs the poses and compositions. Once back in the studio Shae gets to work on her large scale prints.
The artworks listed above are hand painted photographs. Archival photographic prints are first mounted to board to ensure they are flat, then layers of paint and occasionally charcoal are applied to the images that bring them to life. Once Shae has achieved the desired effect she then seals the artwork with layers of UV protective varnish, again applied by hand.
Whilst the prints themselves are open edition, each artwork is created by hand and therefore somewhat unique. The images below are an excellent guide as to how the final artwork will be.
Shae Detar is currently based on the East Coast of the USA. Open Doors Gallery is delighted to represent her fine art sales here in the UK.
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