“A Day in the Life” with abstract artist, Shaun Gamache

My name is Shaun Gamache. I have grown up in Calgary and lived here all my life. I went to the ACAD in the late nineties. I ended up being one course short of finishing my BFA because of a psychotic break. I was unable to remember what I read so I couldn’t finish my last English 300. I have a collection of about 500 pieces. I am an automatiste. I paint abstract paintings and see the images in them when I am done. I did the inkblot test and could see 18 or more images in each inkblot. I was called ingenious. So I am good at seeing the images in my paintings after they are done. The paintings comment on my spiritual journey that I go through day to day. I am always on ceremony. My life is a ceremony.

Art is my oxygen, I need it to breathe. If I don’t create on a daily basis I go through withdrawals. My faces are a reflection of myself as a self-portrait. Although they are painted without a reference they become self-portraits. I Am the universe, so everything that I paint is me. A spiritual concept I have learned in Aikido and on my spiritual path.

Shaun Gamache

Shaun Gamache
I had just got my beard straightened so I had to get a shot of it.
This is me in my studio.
Raw Artists Assemble Dec. 2, 2021 Back Alley, Calgary.
My booth at raw artists Raw Artists Link May 12,. 2022 Back Alley, Calgary.
Shaun Gamache
One of my photo shoots at Raw Artists.
Shaun Gamache
This was me fooling around with some swimming goggles that I got. I thought they looked pretty good.

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Which ’hood are you in?

I live in Huntington Hills. I have been here for the last 6 years.

What do you do?

I am an automatic. I create without thinking. I just let myself go and let my hands move. My larger paintings are more like action paintings. The smaller ones just flow. I have an abstract series of works and a series of faces.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on 1000 self-portraits. I am God looking at himself. I am painting without a reference and to me, each face is different, a different reflection of myself.

Where can we find your work?

You can find my work on my website.