Shawn K. Riley

mixed media painter, collagist and photographer

About The Artist

Artist’s Statement:

My collage and assemblage pieces are an intuitive journey using an extensive array of found materials along with my own painting and photography, creating works that reflect my inner life and my relationship with the world. I love the tactile qualities I get by combining various materials and different textures with images. I have always had a strong attraction to patterns, textures, the play of light and shadow, transparency, reflections, and how these all affect color. I like to play with scale and the juxtaposition of disparate images and objects to see how they can affect their meaning. I try to instill in my work a variety of esthetic beauty, inspiration and joy. My passion for art is endless. I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy creating it.

BIO and Resume:

I have loved making art my whole life, and have always felt a strong attraction to the colors and patterns in nature. Many artists and their techniques have influenced my work, but the beauty of the natural world is what most often inspires me. I come from a family of artists, musicians and avid gardeners. I was born and raised on Long Island, New York, where I grew up close to the water.  I spent many joyful hours beach-combing and exploring quiet, out-of-the-way places where my imagination could run wild. My artist mother taught me to appreciate the Arts at an early age while my father, the family shutterbug, inspired me to begin studying black and white photography in high school. My camera has been a constant companion ever since. I’ve always been attracted to vintage and used items, old photos, maps, letters and postcards, many of them collected from family members.


After attending C.W. Post College for my freshman year, I moved to Los Angeles, where I briefly attended California State University Northridge, focusing on photography, ceramics and sculpture before leaving to fulfill several commissions for stained-glass windows, which lead to a full-time business for over 8 years. In 2007, I returned to CSUN and graduated with a B.A. in Art. My focus since has been on photography and painting, which led me to experimenting with ways of combining the two using collage techniques. In 2012 I began exploring assemblage, feeding my love of collecting organic and man-made vintage materials and putting them to creative use.


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Ten Women Gallery on Montana 

Group/Juried Shows:

“Ripped” Collage Artists of America, Gallery 800, N. Hollywood, CA: 2012

“Wall of Hearts” Zask Gallery, Rolling Hills Estates, CA: 2013

"Wired" Collage Artists of America, Studio FIVE08, Santa Monica, CA: 2013

"Twins" Juried Invitational, 2nd Fridays Art Gallery at Santa Barbara Tennis Club, Santa Barbara, CA: 2013 [Awarded Best of Show]

"ECO art", Juried Invitational Malibu Lumber Yard Gallery, Malibu. CA: 2013

"2013 Annual Summer Juried Show-Part 2" Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA: 2013

“Swept Away” Collage Artists of America, Malibu Lumber Yard Gallery, Malibu. CA: 2013

"Layered" Collage Artists of America, Cal State Northridge Art Galleries, Northridge, CA: 2014

"Small Works" Invitational Juried Exhibit, Whole9 Gallery, Culver City, CA: 2014

"Women Painters West Winter Exhibition" Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA: 2015

"A Material World" Collage Artists of America, Burbank Creative Arts Center Gallery, Burbank, CA: 2015

"Waterworks II" International Juried Exhibition, Porch Gallery, Ojai, CA: 2015

"The Annual Postcard Collage Show" Member Juried Show, National Collage Society, Tuscon, AZ: 2015

"Artist's Choice!" Collage Artists of America Member Exhibition, Tarzana, CA: 2015

"Women Painters West Exhibition" Burbank Creative Arts Gallery, Burbank, CA: 2015

"small works of GREAT ART" Collage Artists of America, Townes Burr Gallery, Burbank, CA: 2015


Other Art Shows:

“Seeing Through The Eyes of Mona Lisa” Group Photography Exhibit, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA: 2011

“Snap To Grid”, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA: 2011

“Dwellings” Los Angeles Experimental Art Group II, Antelope Valley College Gallery, Lancaster, CA: 2013

12th Annual Topanga Canyon Gallery Artist Studio Tour, Topanga, CA: 2013

"Affair of The Arts" 2-Day Arts and Music Festival Sponsored by The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA: 2013

13th Annual Topanga Canyon Gallery Artist Studio Tour, Topanga, CA: 2014

"Affair of The Arts" 2-Day Arts and Music Festival Sponsored by The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA: 2014 

"Snap To Grid", LACDA, Los Angeles, CA: 2014-15

Groundspace Project - Holiday Art Show and Party, 2015, Los Angeles, CA: 2015


“The Peace Project”, Annual Traveling Exhibit and Fundraiser, The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, ArtCard Project, Los Angeles, CA: 2012, 2013

Holiday Silent Auction, Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP), Los Angeles, CA: 2013, 2014


"Peace Rises" - The Peace Project, 2011 Exhibit Book

"Pearls of Wisdom: End The Violence" - A Window Between Worlds, Korean Cultural Center and Skirball Center, Los Angeles 2011 Exhibit Book

"Make Peace" - The Peace Project, 2012 Exhibit Book

"Peace, Love and Understanding" - The Peace Project, 2013 Exhibit Book

The Santa Barbara Independent, June 19, 2013: Review of "Twins" at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club

Casa Magazine, June 21, 2013: Review of "Twins" at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club

Santa Barbara News Press, June 29, 2013: Review of "Twins" at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club

Professional Organizations:

Southern California Women's Caucus For The Arts, March 2009 *****

Collage Artists of America, July 2012 *****

Los Angeles Experimental Artists Group II, August 2012

National Collage Society, January 2013 *****

Women Painters West, June 2014*****


Long Island University C.W. Post Campus, Brookville, NY. Art: 1974

Santa Monica Community College, Santa Monica, CA. Art, A.A. in Art: 2007

California State University, Northridge, CA. B.A. Art: 2009

Numerous independent artist's workshops


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