The intent of my work is twofold. First, I hope to initially attract and ideally seduce, as well as engage the viewer with surface, colour, and beautiful and interesting objects. The tone of my work is often at first glance innocent and cheerful. Second, what follows this initial reception of a playful, nearly saccharine veneer is a deeper invitation into a strangely constructed world. The viewer is caught between a delight in the fantastic and a sense of unease or menace. The animal motifs I employ in the work, often times emphasizes the idea of the animal kingdom rather than actual wildlife. My art works to balance between the whimsical, the grotesque, and the commonplace. I hope to skew perspective and I seek to reintroduce the strangeness and complexity associated with childhood without projecting directly onto the specific.
Artist Maureen Shields was born and raised in Southern California. She earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University Long Beach and a MFA from New York University.
She makes mixed media works on wood that combine paint, collage, handmade stickers, gold leaf, and glitter. Her printed matter and source material range from vintage LIFE magazines from the 1950s to vintage Playboy magazines from the 1970s and 80s.
She has shown work from California to New York: The Bedford Gallery (California), Fleet Wood (California), Collector (California), Rare Device (California), The AG Gallery (New York), Rosalux Gallery (Minnesota), The Huntington Beach Art Center (California), Swallow Gallery (California), Studio Gallery (California), Roy G Biv Gallery (Ohio), The Mushroom Gallery (New York), and 3rd Ward (New York). Her collage work was featured on the cover of Drink Me magazine in 2012.
Her work is on permanent view at Red Zebra Restaurant in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Her work is also part of the Capitol One Investing permanent collection in their San Francisco offices.
Maureen lives and works in San Francisco, California.