Shawn’s love and fascination for drawing came as an unexpected gift from his grandfather at the age of 5. Young Faust was a tag-a-long during his grandfather’s impromptu plein air art lesson with his older brother in the back yard of his Aunt’s house. A retired director for the American Red Cross, Shawn’s grandfather, who had only recently picked up the brush himself, began a charcoal sketch that would forever change how Faust would see the world. From that brief lesson, Faust recalls vividly, “The techniques I witnessed from my grandfather that day, were pure magic!”

With his new found gift of magic, Shawn quickly began practicing his art of 3D illusion for anyone who wanted to see it. During his childhood, you would be hard pressed not to find Shawn doodling on a piece of paper at some point during the day.

Among his favorite things to draw as a youngster were his comic book heroes. Intsead of reading the comics, he spent all his time studying the line work and muscle forms of the comic book characters. And so, began his interest in portraying the human form.

Upon entering college at the University Of Delaware, Shawn enrolled as an accounting major yet emerged with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1990. At the U of D he is forever grateful for the privilege of studying under distinguished artists Stephen Tanis, Charles Rowe, Robert Straight and Rosemary Lane.

Shortly after graduating, Shawn embarked on a career in Illustration. By 1993 he had quickly become one of Delaware’s prominent architectural illustrators working for more than 75% of the homebuilders in Delaware.

Between illustration jobs, Shawn pursued his interest in portrait painting. In 1992 Faust was commissioned to paint the official portrait of outgoing Delaware Governor, Michael Castle. Continuing his quest to learn more about portrait painting, Faust studied with Daniel Greene in 1995. He credits Daniel Greene for giving him the greatest key to unlocking a whole new way of seeing and interpreting color.

By 1995, Shawn’s portrait commissions and easel paintings were supporting him as much as his illustration jobs, so he decided to focus entirely on his fine art career. This included opening a gallery and custom frame shop with his wife and brother. During the twelve years of owning and operating the gallery, Shawn continued his intense portrait research by focusing his studies on the eyes of his favorite subject, the horse.

His head studies of horses caught the attention of Mr. Richard Golden, a prominent horse owner in Chesapeake City, MD and president of Northview Stallion Station. Northview is best know for standing Northern Dancer, one of the greatest thoroughbred stallions of all time. Mr. Golden commissioned Shawn to paint some of his prized thoroughbreds, including Polish Numbers and Tenski. As a result, news of his work spread throughout the Mid Atlantic Region and he was busy traveling to many different tracks and farms to perform portraits of some of the top thoroughbred in the country.

Faust is currently recognized as one of the premier equine artist in America. He is a founding member of the Portrait Society of America and a Full member to the American Academy of Equine Art as well as an Associate member of OPA (Oil Painters of America). His work hangs in many prestigious corporate and private collections.

 

Education and Background:
1990 - BFA University Of Delaware,
1996-present - Faust Studio - Fine art, portraits and landscapes
1995-2007 - Owner of The Artistic “i” Gallery - original art, prints, and full service custom framing
1990-1995 - Owner of Faust Illustrations - freelance illustrator

Solo Exhibitions:
Fall 2012 - Hardcastle Gallery, Centreville, DE
Spring 2013 - Blue Heron Gallery, Historic New castle, DE

Juried Exhibitions:
2014 - Chadds Ford Gallery "Energy" Show, Chadds Ford, PA
2011-2013 - Chadds Ford Gallery "Christmas In Miniature" Annual Show, Chadds Ford, PA
2009 - OPA 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa FE, New Mexixo
2009 - Immaculata University Art Show
2008 - Beresford Gallery, Fall Show, Saratoga Springs, NY
2008 - The "HORSE IN FINE ART" Exhibition at The Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker, CO
2008 - The "HORSE IN FINE ART" Exhibition at the Columbia Art League, Columbia, MO
2007 - American Academy Of Equine Art, Lexington, KY, Fall Exhibition
2003 - American Academy Of Equine Art, Lexington, KY, Fall Exhibition

Exhibitions:
2007 - 2014 - Devon Horse Show, Devon, PA
2011-2014 Chadds Ford Art Show and Sale, Chadds Ford, PA
2008-2014 - Hockessin Arts Festival Annual Art Show, Hockessin, DE
2007, 2008 - Ronald McDonald’s House Annual Artfest, Wilmington, DE
1994-2012 - Art On The Green Annual Art Show, New Castle, DE
1995-2007 - Artistic “i” Gallery Fall Exhibit, Newark, DE
2005 - Hardcastle’s Artfest, Wilmington, DE
1994 - Child Inc. Art Show at MBNA Bank, Wilmington, DE

Honors and Awards:
2010 - Devon Horse Show & Country Fair - Best Of Show for "I Knew You Could Do It"
2009 - International Artist Magazine Challenge No. 52 "Favorite Subjects" Finalist
2009 - Artist's Magazine National Portrait/Figure Finalist
2009 - Devon Horse Show & Country Fair - Official "Poster Artist"
2009 - American Academy Of Equine Art - Calandar Cover
2007 - American Academy Of Equine Art - Most Popular Choice Award, Fall Exhibition
2007 - American Academy Of Equine Art - Leonard Meiselman Award For Painting, Fall Exhibition
2007 - International Artist Magazine - Top 10 Finalist, Challenge No. 40, Issue 56, August
2003 - American Academy Of Equine Art - Else Tuckerman Memorial Award
2002 - Portrait Society Of America - Certificate of Recognition,"Pat Day"
1997 - The Artist’s Magazine - Animal Portrait Finalist
1988 - American Artist Magazine - Work published in Annual Watercolor Issue


Featured In
THE HUNT magazine
December 2008


Cover Art
November 2013

Notable Commissions:
2013 - PNC Bank - Official Artist for Annual Holiday Print
2013 - "Hessonite" Graded Stakes winner, collection of William Punk, Jr.
2009 - Hall of Fame Trainer, Allen Jerkens. Collection of Jerken's family
2008 - PNC Bank - Official Artist for Annual Holiday Print
2007 - PNC Bank - Official Artist for Annual Holiday Print
2007 - "Film Maker” 2003 Q. Elizabeth II Winner, 2006 Second Place Breeder’s Cup Filly and Mare Turf, collection of Don Adams
2006 - "Afleet Alex”, 2005 Preakness and Belmont Winner, collection of William Rickman Jr.
2005 - "Better Talk Now”, 2004 Breeder’s Cup Turf Winner, collection of Brent Johnson, Bushwood Stables
2004 - “Smarty Jones”, 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winner, collection of Roy and Pat Chapman
2003 - "Shine Again” 2003 Maryland Champion Older Female and Sprinter, collection of Allaire Dupont
1999 - "Tenski” 1999 Maryland Horse Of The Year, collection of Richard L. Golden
1999 - "Coronado’s Quest” 1999 Haskell and Travers Winner, collection of Stuart Janney III
1992 - State Of Delaware - official portrait of Governor Michael Castle

Memberships:
American Academy Of Equine Art - Full Member 2003-present
Oil Painters of America - Associate Member 2009-present
Portrait Society Of America - Founding Member 1997-present