Alan Shields was an American visual artist who worked in many mediums. Alan Shields was born in the state of Kansas in the year 1944. Shields attended Kansas State University.
The artist worked as a painter, installation artist, collage artist, printmaker, and textile artist. Shields was also an avid sewer. He grew up on a farm and his mother and sister taught him how to sew.
Shields was known for being a great character on the New York Art scene who sometimes made his own clothes. He used very colorful patterns and often incorporated beads into his work.
The artist moved to New York after college and had a successful career after an exhibition of his in 1969.
Below a great documentary on Alan Shields:
Alan Shields passed away in 2005 at the age of 61 years old.
Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $25,000.
Shields is included in many prominent collections including the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City, and the Smithsonian located in Washington D.C.
What I enjoy most about this artist was his sense of design and use of color. In his work so many colors and shapes are used, but the canvas or paper does not seem crowded in its appearance. He breaks the rule of using only one focal point or two in a canvas, the entire surface area is fun to look it.