Angels and Devils Fight for Crook and Mr. Jones

Shawn Crookshank (Abingdon, Virginia)
Shawn Crookshank (Abingdon, Virginia)

Acrylic on canvas board
(24" x 30"), c.2006

Shawn’s prolific output of signature “Jones paintings” coincided with running the gallery and restaurant and an active party life. The chattering Jones figures can thus be seen as a reflection of Shawn’s frantic world. Jones also evokes the iconic Southern “haint” or ghost figure. In the view of D.R. Mullins, who worked with him at the Starving Artist, Shawn is haunted by many such demons.
- from notes by Len Davidson

Shawn Crookshank. June 2011 (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2011).

Biography - Shawn Crookshank
Born in 1958 in Pulaski, Virginia, Shawn Crookshank grew up in and around the town of Abingdon. He studied art at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia, graduating in 1983. A trip to Mexico in 1984 inspired his first formal exhibit, at the William King Arts Center in Abingdon.

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