North American Butterflies Series, VI, 2015

This collection of paintings, titled North American Butterflies, was originally created for a project Shapton published in The New York Times T Magazine for which she created illustrations using old books as reference material. For the June 2015 issue, Shapton pulled from W.J. Holland’s 1925 publication The Butterfly Guide. Combining vintage scientific illustrations with her own distinctive illustrative style, Shapton’s pieces are injected with whimsy and elegance.

Leanne Shapton, b. 1973, is a Canadian author, artist, and publisher based in New York City. Shapton’s Swimming Studies won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, and was long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2012. She is the co-founder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally-distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. Her works have appeared in various publications such as The New York Times, Granta, and The New Yorker, and she teaches in the creating writing department at Columbia University School of the Arts. Shapton is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Her latest book is Guestbook, a collection of short stories.

House paint on maple panel
Signed on verso

8.00" x 5.75"