Sylvanus Shaw is a Brooklyn-based artist that works in series of paintings and drawings. Inspired by classical forms of image making, he combines elements of everyday experience with rich and often complex historical referents creating layered and divergent pictures. Part of his prolific output includes hundreds of drawn and painted trading cards.
Shaw began making cards at the age of nine, inspired by Garbage Pail Kids, baseball cards, and Bikkuriman Devil vs. Angel seals. Small drawings have factored heavily in the artist's practice ever since. He uses cards to experiment; to do things that would be impractical, superficial, or confusing at a larger scale; to wear other hats, other masks, other artists; to document artistic endeavors in miniature, multiplicable ways.