Shay Kun is an artist based in New York who originally hails from Israel. A contemporary artist inspired by the 19th century Hudson River School, particularly its painters Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt, Kun has a style all his own that carries quite a powerful message – the restorative power of nature and its resilience to human interaction.
“The elements populating these series of paintings of the American West are small but obnoxious, infesting nature more so than enjoying its restorative powers. While Cole and his colleagues ascribed spiritual qualities to the environment, and warned of the destruction being caused by expansion, here the damage has been done. Lakes are littered with junked cars and pristine vistas blighted by tightropes, rickety bridges and other evidence of human interlopers. Still, what these visitors leave are their traces; they have not overwhelmed the environment and its magical possibilities.”