In this series of studies, Leanne Shapton uses children’s paints to create highly structural color compositions. While abstracted, the artist’s shapes and gestures retain a suggestion of the thematic elements she has previously explored, such as swimming pools, women’s fashion, and floral forms. An author, artist, and publisher, Shapton frequently creates work concerned with the reimagination and recontextualization of existing materials.
Leanne Shapton (b. 1973, Canada) is an author, artist and publisher based in New York City. She co-founded J&L Books and is a former art director of the New York Times Opinion Section. Her book Swimming Studies (Blue Rider Press 2012) won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography; her other books include Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009), and Was She Pretty? (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006). Shapton has contributed art and writing to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review, among other publications. She was recently named a judge of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
Children’s paint and ink on paper
34 × 33 inches framed