Here we have a visual artistry studio of a contemporary uniqueness that would most likely be lost on your grandparents; although the website might also remind you of old–fashioned items reminiscent of back in the day. While Shea himself has not yet opted for parenthood; let alone becoming a grandfather, his works do brood over you with an inclination of the wise and weathered. He describes himself as a “frail pencil wielding artist, hermit and narrow–minded fuddy duddy“ which is demonstrated by his socially macabre thematic inclinations, amidst the quirk of his website.
The art is composed of black–and–white charcoal, graphite pencil and ink: illustrative works. He uses innovative printing techniques in adhering to his environmental conscience, sourcing “100% post-consumer recycled stock and vegetable based inks“. The subjects of most pieces are cariacatures of the everyman and of personality or identity; people posing as victims of circumstance, situation. Particularly striking are those that puncture a hole in the sense of the banal and most compelling in this is his Gradation of a Woman and Education pieces.
Grandpa Shea continues to refine his styles with the aid of his quirky imaginations (or realisations?). The studio resides online at Grandpastudios.com and on facebook.com/grandpashea –definitely worth perusing!