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Shay Bredimus

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In Yuko’s Room, 2009 Tattoo on Drafting Film 70” X 40” © Courtesy of the Artist and Koplin Del Rio Gallery
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Queen City: Auckland New Zealand, 2011 Tattoo Ink and Wax Crayon on Drafting Film © Courtesy of the Artist and Koplin Del Rio Gallery
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Beirut, Lebanon , 2011 Tattoo Ink and Wax Crayon on Drafting Film 8" D © Courtesy of the Artist and Koplin Del Rio Gallery
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Indelible Thought, 2012
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Constellations of Ships, 2014 Tattoo Ink and Wax Crayon on Drafting Film 30.5" X 18.5 Fr. © Courtesy of the Artist and Koplin Del Rio Gallery
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Omaha, Nebraska
Birth year
1979
Lives in
Long Beach, CA
Works in
Long Beach, CA
Schools
Laguna College of Art & Design, 2008, MFA
Emily Carr University, 2004, BFA
Statement

A figurative painter and renowned tattoo artist, Bredimus employs languid and gestural marks using tattoo ink on drafting film to portray spontaneous and personal moments of his models. His classical training in portraiture is evident, to which he has added aesthetic influences from Japanese tattoo and Ukiyo-e prints.

A survivor of a traumatic brain injury that occurred at age ten Bredimus relates, “After the accident visual language became my first language and primary mode of expression, solidifying my life in the visual arts”.

Shay Bredimus earned an MFA in 2008 from the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna, California and a BFA in painting from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada in 2004. He has studied under mentors F. Scott Hess and Wes Christensen, among others. His work was featured in two solo exhibitions at Koplin Del Rio, in Culver City California  where he is represented. Shay has earned critical praise from Artweek and Inked magazine.