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2024 Annual Conference

St. Louis

March 21-23, 2024

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Nick Shepard

SPE Member since 2007
Member Chapter: West

De bekende wereld

My ongoing project, De bekende wereld (The Known World), is an exploration of contemporary life in America and our complex relationship with the people, spaces, and objects that constitute it. Echoing the aesthetic of Dutch master painting, these images ask viewers to ‘look again’ at the overlooked, and to reconsider their impressions of the modern world.

The great Dutch master painters used visual beauty, emotional directness, light effects, and naturalism to elevate the ‘everyday’. By using their genres and styles as a lens to take a fresh look at the details of our ‘everyday’, we are able to both appreciate and question our contemporary culture. The visual language of classic paintings also adds a sense of timelessness that incorporates our 21st century context into a larger continuum.

Portrait of Rahima Wachuku

Still Life with Real Fake and Dyed Flowers



Woman in the Kitchen

Made in China


Dan Sanders, Consultant

Vitrine (Macaw) #2

Fly Tyer

White Flowers with Cyan, Purple, & Green Dye




After Balthasar van der Ast (Still Life with Shells and Creatures)

Sgt. Bone

Still Life with Trophy & Duck Sauce

Blossoms of Silk and Polyester #2

Boy with CZ

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