Brian Shea was born in New York City and has lived there most of his life. He attended Fiorello H. Laguardia High School and SUNY Purchase. At Purchase, he studied with photographers Jan Groover and Greg Crewdson. It was at Purchase that Brian's love of drawing and art grew into a passion for photographs. He began working with found object collage while deconstructing images from the media. Group critique and the work of his colleagues informed his love of shape, composition and the illusions that can be created with film. He experimented with large format cameras and still life, always returning to the found object.
Travel in Eastern Europe had a profound effect on Brian's art. The religious icons in old churches, draped with decades of dusty donated gold and silver jewelry, combined dedicated spirituality with an odd sort of glamour. His work uses natural light, mirrors and garbage, but the end result is one of spiritual transcendence.
Brian is currently living in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens with his wife, business, and daughters.
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