ALAN SHUPTRINE (American, 1963- )
A painter known for his Southern and Appalachian Mountains genre, Alan Shuptrine has extended his reputation from a renowned framemaker and water gilder to a nationally acclaimed watercolorist. Born the son of recognized painter, Hubert Shuptrine (1936-2006), Alan has continued the legacy of realism that both Andrew Wyeth and his father Hubert established.
A resident of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Shuptrine’s pursuit of the arts includes schooling at The Baylor School (Chattanooga, TN); The University of the South (Sewanee, TN); and The University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN).
His style is Realism with highly detailed and dramatic lighting in his landscapes and figurative paintings. Shuptrine’s medium is primarily watercolor which he applies and controls in various techniques, from wet-in-wet to drybrush. He also creates using egg tempera, oil, the centuries-old art of water gilding with genuine gold leaf, wood carving, and sgraffito. He prefers to handcraft and carve his own frames for his paintings, a practice of two of his influences: James McNeill Whistler, and Charles Prendergast. His other influences include the works of his father, Hubert Shuptrine, Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent.
Recognized by publications such as American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Artist Magazine, Shuptrine garnered additional recognition when he was asked to participate in the exhibit, “In the Tradition of Wyeth: Contemporary Watercolor Masters” at The Vero Beach Museum of Art in 2010. The exhibition opened with Alan’s paintings displayed alongside the works by Andrew Wyeth and his father.
Following the Vero Beach exhibition, the Huntsville Museum of Art and The Tennessee State Museum selected Shuptrine’s watercolors for their permanent collections. After participating in numerous juried exhibitions and receiving awards from national and international watercolor societies, Shuptrine launched his first solo museum exhibition in May, 2017. The exhibition opened at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville and celebrates the Celtic roots of the Appalachian Mountains. Serving as a monument to the descendants of early English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh who settled the Eastern Seaboard, this art collection and soon-to-be coffee table book and documentary film, will collectively preserve mountain heritage and traditions for future generations. An artist catalogue, with prose by New York Times best-selling author, Sharyn McCrumb, accompanies the exhibit.
A literary collaboration with Appalachian Trail expert and NY Times Best Selling Author Jennifer Pharr Davis, is currently in progress. Shuptrine and Davis will create a coffee table book which will be a self-published thematic and large format art book. The book will feature the collection of paintings by Alan Shuptrine and accompanying verbiage by Davis.
Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of The Serpentine Chain opened at The Tennessee State Museum in Nashville; following this exhibit, it travels to The Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia; then to the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama; before returning home to The Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland, Tennessee (a Smithsonian affiliate).
Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of The Serpentine Chain, Tennessee State Museum (Nashville, TN) in May, 2017, Morris Museum of Art (Augusta, GA), January-April, 2018; then to the Huntsville Museum of Art (AL), May- August, 2018.
In the Tradition of Wyeth: Contemporary Watercolor Masters, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach FL, 2011-2012
Permanent Collection, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
Permanent Collection, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
Awards & Recognitions:
My Artist Portfolio Landscape 2012 International Juried Competition, Honorable Mention, 2012
American Artist Magazine All Media Competition, Watercolor Honorable Mention, 2012
35th Annual Southern Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition Finalist, Winner of the Colart Americas (Winsor and Newton) Award, 2012
Tennessee Watercolor Society Biennial Juried Exhibition Finalist, Winner of the Beauty of Water Media Award, and achieved Signature Membership, 2012
Salmagundi Art Club Annual Juried Exhibition, Certificate of Merit, 2011, NYC
Tennessee Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, Outstanding Technical Award, 2010
Cover Finalist for American Artist Watercolor Magazine, Summer 2008 Issue
Artist Colony Annual International Online Exhibition, 2nd Place Overall, 2008
Exhibitions and Collections:
The Serpentine Chain Collection Preview, Tennessee Association of Museums, Nashville, TN, 2016
Tennessee Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, Nashville, TN, 2016
Water Gilding: A Lost Art, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, 2016
The Serpentine Chain Collection Preview, The Poinsett Club, Greenville, SC, 2016
The Serpentine Chain Collection Preview, The Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville, NC, 2015
The Bascom Guest Instructor Exhibition, Highlands, NC, 2014
Hudson Valley Art Association Juried Exhibition, New York, 2013
National Watercolor Society Members Only Juried Exhibition Finalist, 2012
National Watercolor Society, Finalist in Members Juried Exhibition, San Pedro, California, 2011
The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts, Members Exhibition, Highlands, NC, 2010
Tennessee Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Chattanooga, TN, 2010
Salmagundi Art Club Floral Exhibition, NY, 2010
Huntsville Museum of Art Annual Gala, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL, 2009
The Southern Watercolor Society Juried Annual Exhibition Finalist, 2009
Spectrum, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, 2009
Salmagundi Art Club Annual Juried Painting/Sculpture Exhibition, Non-Members, NYC, 2008
Tennessee Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Knoxville, TN, 2008
Tennessee Art League Central Art Exhibition National, Nashville, TN, 2008
Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Quincy, FL, 2008
Greenville County Museum of Art Antiques & Exhibitions, Greenville, SC, 2006
Workshops and Demonstrations:
Vero Beach Museum of Art, FL Greenville County Museum of Art, SC
Hunter Museum of American Art, TN Birmingham Museum of Art, AL
The Bascom: Center for Visual Arts, Highlands, NC New Orleans Museum of Art, LA
Huntsville Museum of Art, AL Booth Western Art Museum, GA
Morris Museum of Art, GA Knoxville Museum of Art, TN