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Friday, December 30, 2011

Artist Mike Shepherd Showing at the New Ember Gallery

Enjoy the entertaining new paintings of Mike Shepherd at Trade Street's newest gallery. Shepherd ratchets up the absurdism higher than ever in his newest batch of paintings and 3-D art. The portraits of animals and humans, both famous and unknown, are more humorous and intriguing than his work has ever been. Most notable about Shepherd's new works are a stylistic shift towards softer lines, gradient skies, and more cartoonish expressions. Of course, Shepherd's trademark use of commanding bold colors and jarring contrasts on shiny, pop-art-esque compositions, remains intact, and more refined.

As a bonus for the literati, the show is named for Kate Bush's song "Wuthering Heights," which is based on Emily Bronte's novel Wuthering Heights, with due credit to George Gately's syndicated comic strip "Heathcliff," and Cathy Guisewhite's syndicated comic strip "Cathy".

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