ARTIST STATEMENT

Shanee Epstein is an artist who lives and works in New York. Raised in Massachusetts in an artistic family, her precocious development included early training in sculpture, pottery and painting at her uncle's studio on Cape Cod and, later, traditional figurative classes at the Worcester Art Museum. After studying art education and psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Epstein moved to New York where she received her MFA at Pratt Institute.  Exposure to a broader range of styles and theories stimulated the young artist's exploration of a new visual vocabulary and she began work in collage and assemblage. An artist, an educator and a parent for the past twenty years, Epstein weaves these identities into her creative life. Anchored in the fundamentals of formal training and enriched by a life steeped in emotional intelligence and understanding, Epstein's art has evolved into abstract lyrical expressionism. a layered richness and nuanced harmonies. The work is both complex, yet playful with a bold simplicity. In January 2005, Epstein partnered with Nancy Lunsford to found the 440 Gallery, an artists run collective in Park Slope, Brooklyn. 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

1991 Pratt Institute Brooklyn, New York, MFA Painting

1984 University of Massachusetts, BFA Education

1976-1980 Studio Classes, Worcester Art Museum School, Worcester, MA

2005- present 440 Gallery Cofounder and director 

1992 -present  Freelance Artist, Paintings & Collage.

Exhibitions

2015  440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, States of Mind, Solo show

2013  440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Of the Wall, Solo show

2011 Mandell Gallery, West Hartford, CT, New Landscapes, Solo show  

2010  440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY,  Ezra, May his Memory be a Blessing 

2009 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY,  RE-Marks

2007 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Polyphony, Solo show

2005 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Mixed Metaphors, Group Show

2005 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, New Color Works, Solo Exhibit

2003 Sol Goldman Y, New York, NY Exhibition of Painting

1999 Sol Goldman Y, New York, NY Jerusalem Collages

1995 Educational Alliance, New York, NY Work on the Holocaust

1991 Puck Gallery, New York, NY Group Show

1990 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY Drawing Show

1988 SYNC Gallery, Northampton, MA Landscapes

1987 Northampton Center for the Arts, N’ton, MA An Exhibition of Two Artists

1986 Valley Women Artists, Northampton, MA Juried Show

1985 Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Awards, Collections

1991 Pratt Institute Award for Painting 

Milk Street Café Boston, MA

Vornado Realty Trust

Beth Mann, NYC

Emme Deland, NYC

Mandell JCC, West Hartford, CT