Shaun O'Dell (born 1968, Beeville, TX) makes drawings, videos, music and sculpture that explore the intertwining realities of human and natural orders. His unique process in the studio is one of creation, cannibalization, and reiteration as images and themes evolve and break down, ultimately to be reintegrated into another generation of works. O’Dell’s abstractions are moments of equilibrium plucked from a perpetual state of adaptation in a process that doesn’t end.


Shaun O'Dell received a BA from the New College of California, San Francisco, in 2002 and an MFA from Stanford University in 2004. His work has been exhibited widely in the US and internationally. He has won numerous awards and honors including the Tournesol Award (2009, Headlands Center for the Arts), Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship (2006, SF Art Institute), and the Artadia Award (2005, San Francisco). His work is included in a number of permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Bronx Museum of Arts, the de Young Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum and the DESTE Foundation of Contemporary Art, O'Dell lives and works in San Francisco.