Shannon Stamey, a native of Charlotte, NC, considers himself a “Golden Age illustrator simply born too late.” Stamey’s work is immensely inspired by the artists, photographers, films and illustrators of the Golden Age and Pre-Raphaelites. He often places realistic characters in surrealistic situations and environments, creating one frame narratives of untold fairytales.
Many of Stamey’s artworks harken back to an era more than a century old. His intention is to make each painting look and feel as if it’s a piece from a bygone era using meticulous aging techniques and weathering processes. This “antiquing” treatment requires thin and uneven glazing of oils, leaving colors warm, but unsaturated as if they have been faded by time. Prints undergo a tedious process of tea-staining and methodic creasing, tearing and sanding to mimic the textures of old newspapers and books.