Bookmark and Share

Shaun Martin featured in ‘DISPARATE COLORS’ at SHY RABBIT

Don’t miss out on seeing “DISPARATE COLORS,” on display at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, through Jan. 9.

This vibrant group show features a diverse selection of artwork by eight nationally-recognized and emerging artists from throughout the country.

“DISPARATE COLORS” is free and open to the public.

The exhibition space and arts facility is currently open winter hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, and daily by chance. If you are in the area, take a chance and stop by, as it’s very likely that someone will be in.

“DISPARATE COLORS” featured artists are: Juanita Ainsley, mixed media monoprints; Randy Au, ceramics; Debra Blair, paintings and mixed media; D. Michael Coffee, ceramics and monoprints; Denise Coffee, Cozy Head velvet tie-caps; Patrick Shia Crabb, ceramics; Karl Isberg, paintings; and Shaun Martin, mixed media.

The exhibit features several compelling mixed media pieces by acclaimed Pagosa Springs artist Shaun Martin.

Known for his keen sense of color, texture and composition, Martin’s soul-stirring creations are collected by many, and are a regular feature on the walls at SHY RABBIT.

“My work continues to be all about remaining open to certain artistic possibilities outside of my original concept for each piece,” states Martin.

“I enjoy staying intuitive as I work into the materials. I feel a real collaboration with my art.

“Allowing the pieces to form and show me certain directions to explore keeps me present when I’m creating.

“Sometimes a pieces comes out so simple and clear that it stands alone well. Other times, an individual piece is better served as a supporting component rather than the whole itself.”

Martin does a lot of notebook sketching in black and white to explore spatial relationships and design elements.

“I like to keep my sketches simple and vague enough to give the physical creation of the piece a place to grow.”

Martin usually doesn’t end up making works from the drawings that he feels have become too detailed or thought out.

“If I flesh out an idea to its complete conclusion on paper, I feel creatively satisfied and it’s time to move on.”

Martin uses symbols and marks to represent concepts, places, people and movement in his more sculptural paintings, whereas he is more interested in capturing an emotional moment or a gesture in his figurative work.

Occasionally, the titles of the work can lead to an understanding of these symbols and feelings, but are more often there simply for Martin’s personal internal dialogue.

“My work has been described as having an ancient or tribal feeling. I am very interested in the qualities of ritual and history. I like the idea that these pieces seem to have had a previous life.

“To me the pieces feel like a physical memory of a cultural or personal ceremony,” Martin concludes.

Martin’s work has been shown in a number of group and invitational exhibitions, and is included in several prestigious private collections throughout the country.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts: Gallery, Studio & Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.  The 4,000 square foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit or call 731-2766. For more information on this exhibition, visit