"Women are tired of being told how to feel about their bodies, and I’m here to capture it."
Shawn Lindsay, also known as Painta, hails from Forestville, Maryland. An energetic and enigmatic spirit, Shawn has been interested in art and drawing since he was a child. Shawn attended the Visual & Performing Arts program at Suitland High School as a young prospect and went on to study fine arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He draws inspiration first from his daily life, cartoons, hip-hop culture, and painters like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko, Alice Neil, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Shawn's work exhibited at Eaton DC, titled Love in Greyscale, is a reflection on women finding their voices and taking agency over their images on social media. Shawn writes, "With the evolving times of acceptance and equality, women are starting to present and express themselves free of outside opinions. Social media platforms have aided in allowing women to be seen and heard in a multitude of ways. I use my art to document this phenomenon. Most of my references come from social media or friends and acquaintances from social media. I either screenshot an image from social media or request self-taken or self-directed photos, so the piece is viewed how the subject wants to be seen. I never stray far from the original composition or change features of the figures in the references. Though, I sometimes replace colors, add textures, or re-imagine the atmosphere."
ARTIST GALLERY ROOMS
Book a stay with us to experience Shawn Lindsay's artwork firsthand. Eaton’s Art Gallery Rooms invite you to a space of creative interlude--a moment of rest, reflection, and inspiration. The artists selected for this project are rising stars in DC’s rich cultural landscape, and as a guest in their curated gallery room, you’ll have intimacy with artwork not viewable anywhere else.