“Victory” 2022, oil on canvas, 60” x 48”
“One Face, One Voice” 2022, oil on wood, 15.7” x 15.7”
“Forsworn the Use of Eyes” 2022, oil on wood, 15.7” x 15.7”
“Less Without and More Within” 2023, oil on canvas, 30” x 24”
“Nothing Proved Can Be” 2019, oil on canvas, 40” x 30”
“All the World Is Here to Look on Me” 2019, oil on two canvases, 40” x 64”
“To-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow” 2020, oil on canvas, 40” x 40”
“To Trace the Forests Wild” 2022, oil on canvas, 40” x 30”
“Float Upon a Wild and Violent Sea” 2019, oil on canvas, 36” x 48”
  “Following Darkness Like A Dream” 2022, oil on canvas, 40” x 30”
“Thieves Sooner Than Gold” 2018, oil on canvas, 36” x 30”
“Whose Horrid Image Doth Unfix My Hair” 2018, oil on canvas, 40” x 30”
“A Charm of Powerful Trouble” 2019, oil on canvas, 40” x 30”
“Were the World Mine” 2022, charcoal on paper, 31” x 22”
“Adding Clouds to More Clouds” 2022, charcoal on paper, 26” x 19”
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Shaina Craft

London, UK


Artist Statement

Soliloquies is a recently completed series of oil paintings rejecting the tradition of the idealized female nude that persists in contemporary figurative painting today. Created from a single model, these works led me to my own visual language: an obsession with the details of form and an exaggerated color palette that accentuates the textures and transparency of skin.

The most interesting parts of these paintings are the moments where flesh meets flesh and you see all the folds and creases and imperfections. These are the moments where the line between the sublime and the grotesque becomes blurry. In this way, I am rejecting the hyperfeminisation of the body that requires the fleshy aspects of the nude to be glossed over and the poses to remain inactive.

My most recent paintings mark the beginning of a new series exploring the power of anonymity in today’s surveilled reality. Geometric masks and body pieces act as a filter, making the viewer slow down their gaze and look deeper for information. This keeps the nude figures from becoming merely objects in a composition. Each mask is handmade out of foam board and spray paint and arranged on the model. The paintings are built up in layers beginning with a traditional underpainting and finished with glazes and scumbling, creating luminous surfaces full of depth and texture. Through these works I am building a fictional world in which women’s bodies are not subjugated the way they have been throughout art history.

Artist Biography

Shaina Craft is an American figurative oil painter living in London and working in the realm of contemporary realism. Craft’s technique is grounded in the historical precedent of the Italian Baroque, yet adapted to express a contemporary alternative to the abasement of the female nude. Her practice is informed by an obsession with flesh and bodies, a critical perspective on the viewer/subject relationship, and an exploration of the grotesque/sublime.

Craft earned her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2015 and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. She was an artist-in-residence at Sarabande: the Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation from 2021-22. Her work is collected internationally and has been shown in museums and galleries across the United States including The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, The Pennsylvania State Museum, The Untitled Space NYC, and The Masur Museum of Art. In March 2022 she debuted her solo exhibition Soliloquies at Sarabande. Recently, Craft’s work featured in New Visionary Magazine and she was named Ambassador of the Week in Realism Today. In 2023, Craft’s work will head to the moon on Astrobotic’s Peregrine Lunar Lander as part of the Lunar Codex’s Peregrine Collection.


New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
MFA, Painting

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
BFA, Painting

Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
Fine Arts Coursework

Awards and Honors

Artist in Residence at Sarabande: the Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation, London, England

3rd Place, Intergalactic Open II, Shockboxx Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA

Honorable Mention, Jerry’s Artarama Self Portrait Contest 

Blick InLiquid Microgrant, Philadelphia, PA

3rd Place, Philadelphia Sketch Club Works on Paper Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

Merit Scholarship, New York Academy of Art, New York, NUY

Hudson Valley Plein Air Residency

Art of the State finalist, State Museum of PA, Harrisburg, PA

Fred Lazarus, Merit, and Transfer scholarships, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Best in Show and Judge’s Pick, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA 

Selected Collections 

The Peregrine Collection, The Lunar Codex, Astrobotic’s Peregrine Lunar Lander, The Moon 

Witz Collection, Switzerland 
Stroie Collection, Hartford, CT 
Manocherian Collection, New York, NY
Fairs Collection, New York, NY 
Hessel Collection, Philadelphia, PA 
Meyers Collection of Women Artists, Baltimore, MD 
Hastie Collection, United Kingdom

Selected Press and Publications

New Visionary Magazine
, Issue 5, curated  by Sasha-Loriene, digital and print

Optimism Defines Sarabande’s 2022 Group Summer Show, Joshua Graham, Show Studio, online

Ambassador of the Week, Realism Today, online

Painting the Figure Now
, PoetsArtists, Issue #95, online and print

Meet Shaina Craft
, VoyageChicago, online

Global Conscious, Local Artists
, Philip Mastrippolito, Title Magazine, online

Shaina Craft’s Experiments in Flesh, Juxtapoz Magazine, online

Visually Unsettling Portraits by Shaina Craft, Danny Olda, Hi Fructose Magazine, online

Selected Exhibitions



Soliloquies, Sarabande Foundation, London, UK 



New Now VI, InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Soon This Will Be Over, Sarabande Foundation, London, UK  

Sarabande X Dom Perignon Artist Showcase, Sarabande High Road, London, UK 

Sarabande X Soho Home, Soho Home Studio, London, UK 


58th Annual Juried Competition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
Dr. Kelli Morgan, Curator

Intergalactic Open II, Shockboxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  

Her Weight in Gold, Visionary Art Collective, online 


Art4Equality Benefit Group Show and Auction, Untitled Space, New York, NY


Body Beautiful, Untitled Space, New York, NY 

Dear Earth…, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL  

The Vault, 33 Contemporary, Artsy 

Painting the Figure Now, Zhou B Art Center and PoetsArtists, Artsy 

5x5 Project, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO 


Holiday Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

Winged Woman: The Art of Arlene Love and Contemporary Parallels, The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA InLiquid, Curator

The New Nude, Zhou B Art Center and PoetsArtists, Artsy 

Winter Juried Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 


National Juried Art Exhibition, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wausau, WI
Alyssa Monks, Curator

Small Works, Black Moth Gallery, Ardmore, PA 

Single Fare 4, Highline Stages, New York, NY 

Informally Acquainted, Black Moth Gallery, Ardmore, PA 

Tone of Intention, Lacey and Phillips Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
InLiquid, Curator

Mono//Chrome, Mill Arts Collective, Bristol, PA


Alfred Distefano Memorial Works on Paper Exhibition, Philadelphia Sketch Club,Philadelphia, PA 

Faculty/Invited Alumni Show, Montgomery County Community College, Bluebell, PA 


MFA Thesis Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY 

Affordable Art Fair NYC, Saatchi Art, NYC 

Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY 

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