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Shae DeTar /   Shae Acopian DeTar

United States 1978

Photography, Painting

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Shae DeTar
Shae Acopian DeTar
Female
United States
1978
December 19, 2015

Shae DeTar is an American photographer and artist, known for her wildly evocative, colorful and fiercely bold hand-colored photograph-painting hybrids, shot in surreal locations. She adds layers of paint to emphasize color, texture and a fantastical element.

Hide and Seek, 2014

Shae DeTar - Hide and Seek, 2014, photo style 2015
Shae DeTar – Hide and Seek, 2014

Shae DeTar grew up between Pennsylvania and New York. When she was 18, she worked for a few years as a model in Milan, Italy. Back in New York, DeTar studied graphic design at the School of Visual Art.

The artist’s practice is divided into two distinct actions – she takes the photograph first, and afterwards paints prints of photographs by hand, using both Acrylic and watercolor. Shae became interested in the technique as a teenager, when she started hand-painting on the photographs she’d find in magazines.

For the past six years I have been on a journey with a deep intention of making work in a spirit of reactive expression. The most valued piece of my process is throwing away expectation and fear and harnessing experimentation and literally living in the moment.

Hand-painted photography

Left Shae DeTar - Tangled Up In Blue, 2014, Right Shae DeTar - Inception of Girlfriends, 2014
Left: Shae DeTar – Tangled Up In Blue, 2014 / Right: Shae DeTar – Inception of Girlfriends, 2014

Young nude girls are the subject of most part of her personal, very imaginative work, painted with the bright vibrant hues, and shot in captivating, otherworldly landscapes. However, she seeks to portray a nude female form without the over-sexualization of the image that our culture is saturated with.

I am so used to the media feeding us objectified, sexualized imagery […] and I’m clearly not alone in desiring to portray women’s bodies in a more powerful way than that.

Using analog and digital photography, DeTar manages to filter her sensibilities into work, creating her own visual utopia. Her hazy and almost transcendental images are inspired by the paintings of old masters, such as Van Gogh, Egon Schiele, Jean-Édouard Vuillard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Klimt, Picasso, and Matisse.

Another World, 2014

Shae DeTar - Another World, 2014
Shae DeTar – Another World, 2014

Successful in both personal and commercial endeavors, Shae DeTar shoots regularly for The New Yorker Magazine, and her images have been featured in publications such as Nylon Magazine and Juxtapose, among others. In addition, the artist has shot campaigns for fashion brands such as Cosabella, Free People, Erin Fetherston and Alice and Olivia, and a billboard for Aritizia.

Shae DeTar lives and works in New York.

All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Pheromone HotboxSteven Kasher Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2015Group ShowDoomed Gallery, LondonGroup
2015Group ShowPrint Space London, EnglandGroup
2015Group ShowGeorge Berges Gallery, Soho, NYCGroup
2015Group ShowKinfolk Gallery, NYCGroup
2015Group ShowParis, France, with WWW Collective Group
2015Group ShowGrace Belgravia, London Group
2015Everything Is All White Kasher - Potamkin, New York, NYGroup
2014RitualCob Gallery, London, England Group
2014Go Out Alone In The DarkKasher - Potamkin, New York, NYGroup
2014Miami ProjectMiami, FLGroup
2014Gilded ForestKasher - Potamkin, New York, NYGroup
Pheromone Hotbox

A group of five young women photographers will showcase their work at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York, in conjunction with Kasher|Potamkin, titled Pheromone Hotbox.

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