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Artist ID: 2298

The American Cowboy is more of a Myth than a man who herds cattle, it is an illusion of a set of ideas that are presented to the world as a way to strive. These ideas include but are not limited to being honest, hard working, be a gentleman, be tough, and be short and to the point. The cowboy like the American dream is something that has been assembled to present to the masses as a way they should forge themselves to become something better. The construction of the American cowboy is based on fact and fiction, it is always changing and repositioning itself with the passing of time. The Myth of the American Cowboy has had the ability to embed itself on a global scale muddying the waters of what is glorified and what was fact. Campbells work builds upon these aspects presenting information to viewers in a way that allows for a personal discovery into the world of The mythos of the American Cowboy.

Shawn Campbell is an artist located in the Southeast United States. He earned a bachelor of fine arts with a concentration in photography from The University of Akron and a master of fine arts with a concentration in studio art from The University of Georgia. Borrowing from the aesthetics of Minimalism, Baroque, Pop Art, and Byzantine iconography, Campbell’s work utilizes a variety of mediums including photography, sculpture, video, installation, and painting. The work is able to function in a broad and open manner due to its recognizable media and art-historical references, presenting questions and granting the viewer the opportunity to connect within the work openly.

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