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Contemporary Folk Artist with a message - Caricatures too (USA)


From: Judy Decker (jdecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Aug 01 2004 - 07:27:31 PDT

Greetings Art Educators,

Deb M. posted a fun artist yesterday to Getty list. I am really sorry I
missed seeing his work at Ann Arbor Art Fair. I know I would have stopped by
to talk to him. See the work of Steve Shepard (warning political):
Work inspired by Edward Hicks. Bold colorful compositions with text borders.
Powerful messages. Steve's work is black ink and Prismacolor on paper
darkened with alizarin crimson watercolor - with text borders inspired by
the Peaceable Kingdom (and others) by Hicks. His work may inspire a lesson
using pastels, Prismacolors, oil pastels or construction paper crayons on
black (or dark paper) paper. Steve is fine artist from Mississippi - his
work just has a "folk" appeal - his statements are political in nature.

Also see his caricature portraits with text in the background (warning -
I am still hoping to get a caricature lesson for Incredible Art Department
(Andy DiConti - pretty please)

Here is one "poster" that you can use to inspire kids about one of the real
issues they are worried about:

This is good too... Bush has already said he doesn't read:


Steve is linked on my Art with Text page, American Folk Art, Haitian Art
Lesson (Hicks' Peaceable Kingdom was used for that lesson).

Steve gives his blessing to use his images to inspire kids. I did email
him....and asked when a portrait about education was coming out (grin). I am
not posting his work to offend anyone. If anyone finds good caricatures of
Kerry (pro- or con) - do post them. I asked Steve if he had any.

Thanks for posting him Deb - I enjoyed "talking" with him.

Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department (IAD)
Incredible Art Resources