Invisible People, Invisible Structures: San Diego Artwork by Neil Shigley
Portraits of San Diego’s Homeless Population
January 15, 2016 – April 10, 2016
Neil Shigley: Invisible People, Invisible Structures, is a solo art exhibition of work by San Diego artist Neil Shigley that focuses on his portraits of San Diego’s homeless population. Visitors will experience never-before-seen works from his Invisible People portrait series and drawings from his new series depicting the temporary living spaces built and occupied by many of San Diego’s homeless.
Shigley’s works include large-scale graphic, block prints and graceful hyper-detailed graphite drawings portraying the faces of San Diego’s homeless population. The new drawings of homeless living structures are ephemeral, abstracted architectural renderings that allude to the fleeting nature of the structures themselves. By presenting Shigley’s portraits in tandem with his architectural series, visitors will gain new perspective on the life of San Diego homeless.
Neil Shigley is a San Diego artist, printmaker, painter and educator. He grew up living in Europe, the Far East, and several parts of the United States. Shigley studied painting and printmaking at San Diego State University before attending Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design where he graduated with honors. While pursuing fine art, he moved to New York City to begin a career in illustration. As an award-winning illustrator, he worked freelance for a variety of clients including many Fortune 500 companies. Much of his fine art has focused on the human condition and the human figure. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Oceanside Museum of Art and Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. One of his works from the Invisible People series was a finalist in the last National Portrait Competition in Washington D.C. Shigley currently teaches art at San Diego State University.