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Sunshine Durant

Dearborn, MI, United States

Sunshine C. Hall- Durant shall@collegeforcreativestudies.edu Education: College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI BFA in Fine Arts Sunshine Celestial Hall-Durant is my name, if you can’t tell my parents were of the 60’s “Hippie Generation”. I grew up in an era of discovery and self-reliance in Manistee Michigan, while my parents were preoccupied with saving the environment and legalizing horticulture, I learned how to do things on my own and lead the others that cared to follow. This free love and groovy background has led my art to juxtapose cynicism and edginess with borders of dark comedy. I like to push an issue as far as it can go. An early influence would have been my grandmother who was an established china painter during the arts and crafts movement here in Detroit, taught me to china paint when I was eight. Other big influences on my art would include artists like Susan Beiner, Mark Murphy, Gilda Snowden and Chido Johnson, and Erik Olsen. My main focus has been painting and spent most of training at College for Creative Studies (CCS) as an illustrator/fine artist; I have found a new love in repurposed/ found objects infused with sculpture and paint. Past and present, old and new, dirty and clean are running themes that seem to infiltrate my pieces even on a subconscious level that may not be realized until the piece is completed. I just completed a show that questions the didactics of “hiding in plain sight” @DAM and also sold out the SEO CCS show. Artistic Skills: Painting- oil, water, airbrushing, china, acrylic Drawing- foundations, perspective, charcoal, chalk pastels, colored pencil Sculpture- wood, stone, found object, clay, installation Ceramics- hand building, graze techniques, firing processes Printmaking 2D and 3D foundation Portfolio and College preparation Illustration- story boarding, children’s books, character development, comics, typography

Sunshine's ArtPrize Entries

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    The Devil's Elbow

    2014 ArtPrize Entry Sunshine Durant
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