by Olivia Louden

The La Jolla area near San Diego is rich with art galleries, but none so colorful and expressive as Shane Bowden‘s, and I found myself visiting it again and again. Often featuring iconic celebrities and pop culture symbols, Shane’s work recalls the bright pop art of Andy Warhol, but with a definite 21st century edge. Although born in Brisbane, Australia, Shane moved stateside and was initially a Vegas musician before coming to San Diego to join the art business. He now has galleries around the world, including places as varied as Tokyo, Switzerland, and San Francisco. You can check out his art at shanebowden.com, buy merchandise at peacetilldeath.com, or visit his galleries, which are listed on his site. I was lucky enough to ask Shane a few questions. !nd keep an eye on this guy. He’s going to get even bigger.

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How did you end up coming to San Diego from Australia? Why San Diego in particular?

My wife was raised here in San Diego and I had previously set up other galleries in La Jolla, and loved the area. San Diego also reminds very much of home, so for me it was a good fit.

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It sounds like a broad question, but what does art mean to you? How do you feel when you create?

Art for me is a unique way at looking at life and our mortality. It gives us unique and different experiences I think to make us better as human beings. Exploring different ways of looking at things in the universe, allows us to evolve and learn in different ways.

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Many of your artworks contain images of celebrities. What is it about celebrities that appeals to you specifically, and why do you think the public is so fascinated by them?

People have always loved celebrities and the idea of someone who is extremely good at something to be looked up to and admired. Celebrity I think now though is starting to fade and die and with social media even more so. People are now so obsessed with themselves; they have decided to make themselves the celebrity so to speak. It’s self-fulfilling: a shame really. It’s affecting us right through: our level of achievement or standard to achieve higher is getting lower and lower.

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Andy Warhol is an obvious inspiration in many of your works. Has he also inspired your artistic process itself? What made the Factory so unique and important?

He approached art like a business and a factory. He took it to the world on a corporate level and blew the doors wide open.

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In the gallery I visited, I noticed lots of rock and roll themed pieces. How has music influenced your art? Is the influence across types of expression more complicated than paintings inspiring paintings?

I love music, and yes it has inspired me. Of late though, I don’t listen to music as much anymore in the studio, as I feel it over influences the painting you are doing. It’s incredible how a certain type of song can make you use certain colorsand move things subliminally.

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One thing that strikes me as I look through your art is the wide range of media and styles. When you set out to create a work, how do you decide what route to take? Is it a conscious choice at all?

Pop art is very conscience and calculated. The abstract and other works not so much.

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What’s next for you? What major projects do you have in the works?

I am working on a restaurant in Little Italy [in San Diego] called Cloak & Peta. I am designing the inside and also all the artwork. It’s very exciting and is going to look amazing.

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