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Open Doors Gallery : Shae Detar


Opens Doors Gallery welcomes mixed media photographic artist Shae Detar.

Shae Detar creates otherworldly photographic mixed media artworks, using a unique hand-painting process perfected over some years in which she paints directly onto her photographs. Shae’s surrealistic images merge photography and painting by exaggerating the colours of both the landscapes and her subjects. Taking them out of reality and placing them into another world.

Shea takes great care to plan her locations. Often driving deep into the remotest regions at home in the US or farther afield. Eventually placing her subjects into the most untouched and idyllic landscapes she can find. Shae’s background in fine art painting and her influence from classical painters inform the poses and compositions.

Once back in the studio Shae gets to work on her large scale photographic prints. Using a variety of materials such as charcoal, watercolour and varnish to finesse her artworks and bring them to life with vivid colour.

Whilst the prints themselves are open edition, each artwork is created by hand and therefore has a unique element to them. Shae also never creates the same size twice. The images included here and on our website are an excellent guide as to how the final artwork will look.


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