‘The Taste of My Tears’ by Shane Izykowski
Artist: Shane Izykowski
Title: ‘The Taste of My Tears’
Medium: Oil on Masonite
Dimensions: 8″ x 10″ (oval)
Framing: Framed (Frame size: 16.5″ x 18.5″)
Year of Creation: 2021
About the Artwork:
“The Taste of My Tears explores the depth of emotion when anxiety is rampant. We have rituals of self care to ease the pain, but in the end, avoidance will not get you through the difficulties. Accepting your own story and developing the tools to confront your trauma is the way to cope with the burden.” – Shane Izykowski
About the Artist:
My mission is to depict the depth of the human experience through the exploration of visceral imagery, genuine emotion and the common threads that tie us all together. My artwork revolves around the idea of healing, despite emotional turmoil, trauma and grief. I find it healing to connect with other humans about the shared experiences we all face, and to know I’m not alone.
The process for my paintings has evolved over the last couple of years, as I’ve explored my fascination with other humans. I believe that we all have a multitude of stories that define who we are, and that part of my duty as an artist is to tell those stories, regardless of how painful that could be. My hope is that through the honesty of portraying this truth, we could all feel a little less isolated. Most often, I have conducted a series of conversations surrounding each work, with the model within the artwork, giving them a platform to declare their own truth.
Recently, I finished two brand new series of work, titled “Darkness Eternal: The House of Oh” (Crucible Gallery) and “The Kind of Love That Doesn’t Die” (The Dark Art Emporium).
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.
In 2015, Shane drove over 3,000 miles to San Francisco, CA to live and work. During his time in San Francisco, he worked as a set designer, production designer for films, curator, Museum Preparator for the SFO Museum and the Lead Artist for Madame Tussauds SF. Shane now works as a full time painter, sculptor and podcaster (Drawing From Experience Podcast) and is living and creating in Los Angeles, CA.