I create work that appears simple, accessible, and seemingly familiar yet the content and context allow for multiple interpretations. My work is predominantly installation based and draws upon and activates both the environment in which it is exhibited and the participation of the viewer. Art, for me, is not an end point but rather a pathway. And the pieces that I create mark its territory so that I can remember the way.
Buy Shaver is a multi-disciplinary, installation-based artist with a visual arts background that includes Eastern and Western painting, graphic design, illustration and exhibition design. Shaver primarily works site-specifically, often painting directly on walls to create both temporal and commissioned art. His work floats between both abstract compositions and text-based installations that appear simple and seemingly familiar, yet the content and context allow for multiple interpretations, allowing his work to be simultaneously direct yet oddly illusive. Shaver is a professor at Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University in Philadelphia. Shaver is the author of Moving the Eye Through 2-D Design—A Visual Primer, published by Intellect Books and distributed by University of Chicago Press. His exhibitions and commissions include Graffiti Lofts, Philadelphia; Hick’s Art Center Gallery, Bucks County Community College; Park Towne Place, Philadelphia; Rowan University; Delaware Art Museum; Philadelphia Art Alliance; Larry Becker Contemporary Art; Arcadia University; Locks Gallery, Philadelphia and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.
MFA, University of Georgia, 1988
BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1984