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Shay Ensley

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Los Angeles

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Los Angeles has been my homebase since the beginning of my life, born in June of 1980. L.A. with all of its stereotypes and unseen phenomenons, this was the birth place for all of my creative ideas, friendship, overcoming internal hardships, and creating some dynamic memories. 

I desire to experience life as a creative, harmonious, and healthy being. That's worth getting up everyday to create something great, something honest, and something inspiring for others, as they desire to live in the same fashion. I create art because it gives me peace and draws inspiration to other aspects of my life. I want my art to give the same effect for others.

I'm fascinated with high contrast, black-and-white images because of its 
uncomplicated style of visual communication, even though I adore bold, bright, and rich colors in art. Perhaps I've been so inundated with the busyness of colorful art, and with the busyness of life in general, that it was time for me to take a minimalist approach to my personal style of art - to create personal balance. The subjects of my work originated as photographs, only to be transformed into a sheet of paper, then dissolved onto a piece of birch wood art board. My work may be simple in its color palette, yet these portraits communicate a powerful message that our presence is a gift. Art is living by design! Therefore, I illustrate the sacred message in the art of just BEING.

Recent Exhibits

Shay Ensley participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2011 Of or By Blacks
Gallery Expo
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Gallery Expo

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