In Shaina McCoy’s second print edition with Simco Editions, Harmonica, Stevie Wonder is depicted in a beaming red shirt playing the harmonica set against a white background. The multi layered raised texture print, created by UV printing techniques, embodies her signature oil paintings made with thick textured brushstrokes.
Harmonica is produced from an original painting of McCoy’s. Stevie sits against the contrasting background with radiating rays of brushstrokes from the crown of his head. McCoy says she uses, “the rays as symbols of importance, and a nod to Renaissance paintings where the halos sit behind important or religious figures from the Bible.”
Shaina Mccoy (b. 1993, Minneapolis, MN) is an artist living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. McCoy graduated from Minneapolis Community and Technical College with an AA in Fine Art in 2017. Working with richly hued oil paints, McCoy creates selectively-colored canvases that depict imagery drawn from photographs of family members and other intimates. Finding a formal balance between artists such as Kara Walker and David Hockney, McCoy builds faceless figures from thick, tactile layers of glossy paint; the resulting images are vivid and vibrant anonymous portraits, loaded with sentiment and mystery. McCoy’s work captures the ambiguous and familiar essence of memory, radiating both history and wonder.View all → Shaina