We had the good fortune of connecting with Shawntay Gorman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shawntay, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
I don’t think art school is a necessity in the art field. I hear a lot of people being told to go to art school. Whilst education is very important, I think being a creative is a gift. A talent that is perfected over the years by working on your craft. Its nice to know about art history and the artists before me and their techniques but I disagree with someone having to go to art school for some people to consider them artists.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is very Pop Art influenced. I do a lot of hiphop/celebrity influenced work as well as political art pieces. I have been doing art professionally since 2013 and it has not been easy. People, even my own friends didn’t take my art seriously until I started booking shows. I literally begged people to take my art for free! Now, I have shown all over the United States as well as Dubai.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in Sacramento and whenever someone from out of state comes visits, we head straight to the Bay Area. I love my City but I don’t think there is as much art culture in it as there is in San Francisco or Oakland. San Francisco has the De Young and the MoMa, Oakland has the Oakland Art Museum and great food! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout the people/artists who influence me. Andy Warhol for being the great visionary he was with pop culture and pop art. I would also like to shout out Astroids clothing who was a big inspiration and driving force throughout my art career.