2020 Graduation: Alexander Shanks Explores Mood in Still Life Paintings of His Home

As this school year comes to a close we want to congratulate our 2020 graduating students both on their tremendous growth throughout our program and their resilience in finishing their thesis work through a pandemic! We know these artists will go on to create important and substantial work in their careers and we look forward to seeing their impact in the art world.

Graduating Student: Alexander Shanks


Describe your visual thesis work:
For my thesis project, I decided to create paintings of my home, where the mood is just as tangible as the objects. I always loved still life painting and wanted to challenge myself to maintain balance when more information was added. I also felt that there was a lot of freedom in this theme. The options for mood, composition, and narrative were limitless. What I enjoy most about these paintings is the feeling of light suspended in time.

Thesis image 1

Alexander Shanks, Waiting, oil on canvas, 24 x 24", 2020 (Thesis Work)

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Alexander Shanks, Right-Brained, oil on canvas, 24 x 18", 2020 (Thesis Work)


What have you learned at Studio Incamminati?
Studio Incamminati’s teaching is solid because there are no shortcuts. The foundational skills are concise and clear and the repetition ensures a lifetime of good painting habits and practices. SI gives you the skills to exercise your vision with confidence in your technique.

Year 2 Portrait 1

Alexander Shanks, Brian, oil on canvas, 16 x 20", 2019


To see more of Alexander's work visit his website and follow him on Instagram.