Martha Washington (The Athenaeum Portrait): The Fuck What?
In his work, Shawn Huckins satirizes social media, popular culture, and aspects of modern society in the United States. His paintings immaculately re-present significant historical artworks, painted with incredible attention to detail and control. These are combined with elements such as colloquial text and slang communication that beg questions related to the ways we have denigrated language, altered or halted past progress as a nation, and foreshadow an impending reckoning. Working in acrylic, Huckins’ canvases are beautifully rich, revealing his depth of color expertise and skill.