Babylon Village Arts Council Art by the Falls Featured Artist Shawn Uttendorfer
Shawn Uttendorfer is an art educator in the public school system as well a painter. He is currently developing a series of works on paper. Shawn holds an MA from Long Island University (Post) and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. He has participated in solo and group shows at the School of Visual Arts, the Art League of Long Island, the Islip Art Museum, the Hillwood Gallery (Old Brookville, NY), several area libraries, the Conklin House, and the Babylon Citizens Council of the Arts. His work hangs in the permanent collection of the New York Institute of Technology. He has executed several mural commissions, including for the Bay Village Diner in Amityville.
Shawn’s exploration of Celtic historical context and its spiritual influence on culture and religion have led him to the work he produces today. His passion for understanding the complexity of the Celtic knot led him to travel to Spain, France and Ireland, where he found a strong influence of Celtic culture on contemporary art and society.
Connection and unity are two underlying themes that Shawn discovered throughout the society and religion’s use of design language. These two concepts remain the idea and tone in all of Shawn’s work. His exploration of the historical role of Celtic knot imagery, its complexity, and its spiritual influence on culture and religion has lead to a deep fascination, and to discover a strong connection between Arabic, European and Asian design, all of which influenced, and in turn were strongly influenced by, Celtic culture.
His most recent body of work, the layering of different cultural design languages along with the ornamental designs found throughout the world, creates an ethereal sense of space and rhythm within the picture plan
Babylon Village Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Community support enable BVAC to present cultural art programs throughout the year to the Long Island community. Programs are made possible in part through grants from Suffolk County, New York State Council of the Arts and through Nassau and Suffolk Counties in partnership with Huntington Arts Council, sponsorships, partnerships, donations and memberships.
Babylon Village Arts Council P.O. Box 141 Babylon Village, New York 11702 631.669.1810