Alan Shuptrine’s Bios

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Alan Shuptrine

Artist’s Statement

Capturing the drama in a work of art is what takes my breath away and fuels my passion to create. My paintings evolve from a religious experience that I stage on my easel. I frequently ask myself, even between brushstrokes, if my painting will evolve into one which could evoke such emotion – for without emotion, is there art?

Over the past 27 years Alan Shuptrine has emerged as a leading practitioner in several artistic disciplines. Among them are watercolor, drybrush watercolor, egg tempera, oil, the centuries-old art of water gilding with genuine gold leaf, wood carving, sgrafitto, antique restorations, mixed media sculptures, decorative objects d’art and decorative finishes. Sought early on for his mastery in designing and creating one-of-a-kind gold leaf art frames, today he is equally known for his mastery in realistic drybrush watercolors. Through his company, Shuptrine’s Gold Leaf Designs, he and his wife Bonny have worked with museums, galleries, private art collectors, and artists nationwide.

Alan’s desire to pursue a career in the arts grew out of his natural inclination and influence of his father, the late Hubert Shuptrine, a nationally recognized watercolor realist. Born in 1963 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Alan’s pursuit of the arts included schooling at The Baylor School, The University of the South, and The University of Tennessee. Having been raised in more than 20 cities, mostly in the South, Alan’s genre is naturally southern. And like his father, Alan prefers Realism with highly detailed and dramatic landscapes and figurative paintings. His influences include the works of his father, Hubert Shuptrine, Charles Prendergast, Stephen Scott Young, Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent. Alan’s work can be seen in many public and private collections and he has won several national and regional awards. Alan is an active member of the Society of Gilders, The American Institute of Conservation, The Salmagundi Club, The Tennessee Watercolor Society, The Southern Watercolor Society, The American Watercolor Society, The National Watercolor Society, and is the founder of The Master Craftsmens’ Society.

Recent Acknowledgments:

The Salmagundi Club, Honorable Mention, Annual Exhibition, 2008
Cover Finalist for American Artist Watercolor Magazine, Summer 2008 Issue
The Southern Watercolor Society Juried Annual Exhibition Finalist, 2009
Huntsville Museum of Art, permanent collection, Huntsville, Alabama, 2010
The Tennessee Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, 2010
The Bascom Fine Arts Center Juried Exhibition, Still Lifes, 2010-2011
In the Tradition of Wyeth: Contemporary Watercolor Masters (2011-2012, Vero Beach, FL)
National Watercolor Society Members Only Juried Exhibition Finalist, 2011
National Watercolor Society Members Only Juried Exhibition Finalist for Twisted, 2012
Tennessee Watercolor Society Biennial Juried Exhibition Finalist for Dreamcatcher, Winner of the Beauty of Water Media Award, and achieved Signature Membership, 2012
35th Annual Southern Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition Finalist for Twisted, Dusk, Winner of the Colart Americas (Winsor and Newton) Award, 2012
American Artist Magazine Cover Competition Finalist for Grace, 2012
My Artist Portfolio Landscape 2012 International Juried Competition, Honorable Mention, 2012