"My mission Is to create work that invokes the need to explore a wider narrative, carefully wrapped within the confines of a dark world. my hope is that the curiosity you experience will transform your preconceptions of what dark art means to you, and make it much more acceptable for you to fall in love with the notion that through tragedy and loss, we can find what it is that makes us human."
My art consists primarily of macabre and creepy images, or what's referred to as "dark art." I explore the idea of a narrative portrayal, with believably realistic characters, in a slightly unsettling realm. I paint people I know, places I've explored and animals that have crossed my path. With the horror film genre in the forefront of mainstream cinema and television, I often wonder why horror and the dark arts are not more widely accepted. My mission Is to create work that invokes the need to explore a wider narrative, carefully wrapped within the confines of a dark world. My hope is that the curiosity you experience will transform your preconceptions of what dark art means to you, and make it much more acceptable for you to fall in love with the notion that through tragedy and loss, we can find what it is that makes us human.
I work in a wide range of mediums and techniques. For my paintings, I primarily work in oil. I've been a pen and ink artist for as long as I can remember, as well. My sculptural process starts with clay, then molded in silicone and finally, cast in resin. Other work I've done includes special effects makeup for films and my horror photography, writing and screenplays, production design in filmmaking, murals, set design in theatrical productions and fine art photography.
My current body of work (paintings) consists of a brand new Superstitions series, which will be an ongoing project for the unforeseeable future. I am endlessly researching cultural superstitions, their origins and collaborating with models to create a personal depiction that could speak to a wider audience.
Shane Izykowski, born Oh Jin Kwon in Taegu, South Korea, was adopted at the age of two. Living in Northeastern Pennsylvania for most of his life, Shane has dabbled in many different mediums and art forms. He is mostly self taught, and has spent a great deal of time experimenting with music, painting, drawing, 3D and interactive sculpture, special effects and makeup, filmmaking and directing, writing poetry and scripts, costuming, mural work and photography. He's owned his own photography business, was the Art Director for a community art gallery for two years, founded Project Street Art in 2014 and won awards for short films and community service. He's also been featured on Regis and Kelly Live for his Halloween costume in 2006, and The Today Show in 2007. He's been nominated in his field as a Silver Award Winner for Best Wedding Photographer in the Poconos in 2013, and Top 40 Under 40 by the Pocono Record in 2013 for outstanding leadership. He also won a second place award for the music video "Icarus" by Edelweiss in Philadelphia in 2014.
In 2015, Shane and his partner Sonia Leticia (www.sonialeticia.com) drove over 3,000 miles to San Francisco, CA, where they now live and work. Shane works during the day as a museum preparator at the San Francisco International Airport Museum, the only accredited art museum in an airport nationally. In September of 2015, Shane was accepted into the Artspan Residency Program, which allowed 20+ Bay Area artists to have low cost studio space to create their personal work. His new body of work since beginning the residency has been a definitive collection of past experience, new challenges and personal growth.
Currently, you can find Shane at art events, eating the diverse cultural food that San Francisco has to offer, or at his studio in the hear of the Mission in SF.
2018- "Superstitions" - Dual Exhibition with Dianne Hoffman - Art Attack SF - San Francisco, CA
2018- "Diez Fridas" - Group Exhibition - San Francisco, CA
2017- "New Bohemia at The Mint" - Group Exhibition - The SF Mint - San Francisco, CA 2017- "Discolandia" - Group Exhibition - Wonderland SF - San Francisco, CA
2017- "Spookshow, Baby!" -Solo Exhibition- Art Attack Gallery - San Francisco, CA
2017- "Strange Cousins From the West" - Sierra Arts - Reno, NV
2017- "Simply Frida" Anniversary Group Exhibition - Wonderland SF - San Francisco, CA
2017- Oddtropolis - The Midway - San Francisco, CA
2017- Mission Arts United Spring Open Studios - The Journal Building - San Francisco, CA
2017- "Best in Show" Group Exhibition- Art Attack SF - San Francisco, CA
2017- Walker Stalker SF - Fort Mason - San Francisco, CA
2016 - "Wanderlust 3" Group Exhibition - Modern Eden Gallery - San Francisco, CA
2016 - Group Exhibition - Wonderland SF - San Francisco, CA
2016 - "Assorted Awesomeness" Group Exhibition - The Loin - San Francisco, CA
2016 - "Nuestros Muertos" Group Exhibition - Wonderland SF - San Francisco, CA
2016 - Artspan Open Studios ArtLaunch - SOMArts - San Francisco, CA
2016 - “No Heroes Allowed” Group Exhibition - Art Attack SF - San Francisco, CA
2016 - Group Exhibition - Alabama Project Gallery - San Francisco, CA
2015 - Group Exhibition - Blick Art Materials - San Francisco, CA
2015 - "Buggin' Out" Group Exhibition - The Loin - San Francisco, CA
2014 - Group Exhibitions - Origins Gallery - Stroudsburg, PA
2014 - Group Exhibitions - The School of Visual and Performing Arts - Stroudsburg, PA
2012-2014 - Group Exhibitions, Solo Exhibition- 2013 - The Living Room Art Gallery - Stroudsburg, PA
2013 - Group Exhibition - Michaels Craft Stores - Stroudsburg, PA
2013 - Chosen Artist- iPhone Photography Exhibition - Madelon Powers Gallery at East Stroudsburg University
2012 - 2014 - Group Exhibitions - SOHO in the BURG Gallery - Stroudsburg, PA
2012-2014 Group Exhibitions - ArtSpace Gallery, Pocono Arts Council - Stroudsburg, PA
2011 - Solo Exhibition - Chiller Theatre Convention - Cherry Hill, NJ
2011 - Solo Featured Artist Exhibition - Local Flair Gallery - Cresco, PA
2010 - Solo Exhibition - Starbucks Gallery - Stroudsburg, PA
2010 - 2013 - Group Exhibitions, Solo Exhibition - Severed Sinema - Stroudsburg, PA
2010 - 2013 - Group Exhibitions, Solo Exhibition - The Sherman Theater - Stroudsburg, PA
2010 - 2012 - Group Exhibitions, Solo Exhibition - Pocono Community Theater - East Stroudsburg, PA
2009 -2011 - Group Exhibitions, Solo Exhibition 2012 - Dreamland Creations - Stroudsburg, PA
2008 - 2010 - Group Exhibitions, Solo Exhibition - The Main Street Jukebox - Stroudsburg, PA
2005 - Solo Exhibition - E.L. Salon - Stroudsburg, PA