A nationally acclaimed watercolor or craftsman artist. Teaching regularly private or group lessons.
ALAN SHUPTRINE (American, 1963- )
A painter of Southern genre landscapes and figures, Alan Shuptrine has extended his reputation from a renowned water gilder to an acknowledged watercolor artist. Born the son of nationally recognized painter, Hubert Shuptrine, Alan has established himself as a watercolor artist in his own right.
A resident of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Shuptrine's pursuit of the arts includes schooling at The Baylor School (Chattanooga, TN); The University of the South (Sewanee, TN); and The University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN).
His painting style is Realism with highly detailed and dramatic lighting in his landscapes and figurative paintings. Shuptrine’s genre is southern landscapes and subjects, and his preferred medium is watercolor which he applies in various techniques, from wet-in-wet to drybrush. He also creates using egg tempera, oil, the centuries-old art of water gilding with genuine gold leaf, wood carving, and sgrafitto. He prefers to handcraft and carve his own frames for his paintings, a practice of two of his influences, James McNeill Whistler and Charles Prendergast. His other influences include the works of his father, Hubert Shuptrine, Stephen Scott Young, Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent.
Recognized by publications such as American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine, Shuptrine garnered additional recognition when he was asked to participate in the exhibit, “In the Tradition of Wyeth: Contemporary Watercolor Masters.” The exhibition opened at the Vero Beach Museum of Art and Alan’s paintings hung alongside works by Andrew Wyeth, Stephen Scott Young, Dean Mitchell, and his father, the late Hubert Shuptrine.
Following this exhibition, the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama selected one of Shuptrine’s watercolors for the permanent collection. After participating in several juried exhibitions and receiving awards from national and international watercolor societies, Shuptrine is now preparing to launch his first solo museum exhibition in May, 2017.
Opening at the Tennessee State Museum in May, 2017, The Serpentine Chain is an exhibit that will celebrate the connections between our mountain folk and their cultural and historical counterparts in the British Isles. Serving as a monument to the mountain people, this art collection and soon-to-be coffee table book and documentary film will help preserve their heritage and traditions for future generations.
Coordinating with New York Times Best-Selling author Sharyn McCrumb, they will create a coffee table style book. The Serpentine Chain will be a self-published unique and upscale large format art book.
The Serpentine Chain will capture Appalachia from the standpoint of two artists, each will a story to tell, and with a kinship that can only come only from two deep and creative souls. But it is not only a book—it will be a museum exhibit of more than 60 paintings which will travel to numerous museums, universities, and historical institutions.
The Serpentine Chain Collection, Opening at the Tennessee State Museum (Nashville, TN) in May, 2017, continuing to the Morris Museum of Art (Augusta, GA), then to the Huntsville Museum of Art (AL).
In the Tradition of Wyeth: Contemporary Watercolor Masters, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach FL, 2011-2012
Permanent Collection, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
Awards & Recognitions:
My Artist Portfolio Landscape 2012 International Juried Competition, Honorable Mention, 2012
American Artist Magazine All Media Competition, Watercolor Honorable Mention, 2012
35th Annual Southern Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition Finalist, Winner of the Colart Americas (Winsor and Newton) Award, 2012
Tennessee Watercolor Society Biennial Juried Exhibition Finalist, Winner of the Beauty of Water Media Award, and achieved Signature Membership, 2012
Salmagundi Art Club Annual Juried Exhibition, Certificate of Merit, 2011, NYC
Tennessee Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, Outstanding Technical Award, 2010
Cover Finalist for American Artist Watercolor Magazine, Summer 2008 Issue
Artist Colony Annual International Online Exhibition, 2nd Place Overall, 2008
Exhibitions and Collections:
The Serpentine Chain Collection Preview, Tennessee Association of Museums, Nashville, TN, 2016
Tennessee Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, Nashville, TN, 2016
Water Gilding: A Lost Art, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, 2016
The Serpentine Chain Collection Preview, The Poinsett Club, Greenville, SC, 2016
The Serpentine Chain Collection Preview, The Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville, NC, 2015
The Bascom Guest Instructor Exhibition, Highlands, NC, 2014
Hudson Valley Art Association Juried Exhibition, New York, 2013
A Sense of Place, Jewish Cultural Center, Chattanooga, TN, 2012
National Watercolor Society Members Only Juried Exhibition Finalist, 2012
National Watercolor Society, Finalist in Members Juried Exhibition, San Pedro, California, 2011
The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts, Members Exhibition, Highlands, NC, 2010
Tennessee Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Chattanooga, TN, 2010
Associated Arts of Ocean Shore's 41st Annual Fine Art Exhibit, Ocean Shores, WA, 2010
Salmagundi Art Club Floral Exhibition, NY, 2010
Huntsville Museum of Art Annual Gala, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, 2009
The Southern Watercolor Society Juried Annual Exhibition Finalist, 2009
Spectrum, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, 2009
Salmagundi Art Club Annual Juried Painting/Sculpture Exhibition, Non-Members, NYC, 2008
Tennessee Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Knoxville, TN, 2008
Tennessee Art League Central Art Exhibition National, Nashville, TN, 2008
Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Quincy, FL, 2008
Greenville County Museum of Art Antiques & Exhibitions, Greenville, SC, 2006
Workshops and Demonstrations:
Vero Beach Museum of Art, FL Greenville County Museum of Art, SC
Hunter Museum of American Art, TN Birmingham Museum of Art, AL
The Bascom: Center for Visual Arts, Highlands, NC New Orleans Museum of Art, LA
Huntsville Museum of Art, AL Booth Western Art Museum, GA
Morris Museum, GA Knoxville Museum of Art, TN
PO Box 144
Lookout Mtn, TN 37350
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