Local Art

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Shawn Cornelius

Shawn Cornelius is an artist born of Chattanooga and home to Nashville. When asked to summarize his style he quotes Oscar Wilde with, "We are all in the gutter, some of us are just looking at the stars." Cornelius indulges in both the obscure and iconic taking inspiration from pop culture, cult classics, and gay fandom to create humorous content. Currently he is working on an adult coloring book titled "The Gayest Coloring Book of All Time".

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Candy Circles

Born in the cornfields of Southern Illinois, I grew up a farmer's daughter. I've had a very happy, carefree, and colorful childhood. When I was only 17, I traded my sky full of stars for the city lights of Nashville, TN.

I love using florescent, neon colors to make any picture pop off the canvas. My work has many different faces to it. A single painting can have three different looks to it, depending on how you are viewing it. Whether you are looking at them in the sunlight, or under a black light, with or without 3-D glasses, my paintings can take you to a different dimension.

My inspiration comes in different forms and fashions, such as a moonlit sky, another artist, to a magical place in my own mind. I feel as though I'm a vessel, allowing energy to travel through me, which can take on different themes, from outer space to multicolored shapes and splatters.

I find peace and solace when I am painting, being barefoot in the backyard makes me feel connected to my Creator, to my feelings, and to the world around me. It is truly my happy place. Using vibrant designs and colors, I sprinkle happiness onto each canvas in hopes that others are inspired to feel the joy that surrounds them in their daily lives.

In a world full of temptations and challenges, many times I find myself lost without direction of where to turn or what to do. Art has been the escape that has influenced and guided me to understanding the world and how I am supposed to live. Whenever I am lost, I use art to find myself again. Whenever I become complacent, I use art to explore new areas of life and cross new boundaries. Art will always have a presence in my life whether that be through physically creating or through designing and styling; my artwork and visions can be seen in everything I do.    www.instagram.com/biggs_j/

In a world full of temptations and challenges, many times I find myself lost without direction of where to turn or what to do. Art has been the escape that has influenced and guided me to understanding the world and how I am supposed to live. Whenever I am lost, I use art to find myself again. Whenever I become complacent, I use art to explore new areas of life and cross new boundaries. Art will always have a presence in my life whether that be through physically creating or through designing and styling; my artwork and visions can be seen in everything I do.

www.instagram.com/biggs_j/