Ian Shearer is an artist and graphic designer based in Seattle, Washington. He is a graduate of The Academy of Art of San Francisco.
Ian survived a massive stroke in 2018. Through intense therapy he was able to regain use of the right side of his body, however his painting style and abilities were greatly changed. These changes have led him to “start over” as an artist, as there is personal need for a separation to be made between the artist he was and the artist he is becoming.
Currently, Ian’s work focuses on urban nightscapes, as severe light and sound sensitivity, as well as cognitive issues, can make the daytime world a difficult place to navigate. The work explores the isolation and sensory overload that he has experienced throughout the recovery process.
It also touches on the moments of sublime grace and safe spaces Ian has encountered; often finding beauty in the everyday moments of urban life. These moments intrigue him, especially as ordinary moments become extraordinary in the wake of disability.
Through his work Ian is currently exploring the changes in his visual language and working on developing a dialogue of post stroke experience. Adding another voice to a condition that affects hundreds of thousands and documenting the recovery process through mark making.