DeShawn Dumas

Instructor I

DeShawn Dumas™ reflective ballistic monochromes register the body and contingent forms of brutality while transgressing the apolitical goals of modernist abstraction. These hybridized works - painting, sculpture, and performance - utilize violence as a method for repetitive dishonor.  Dumas burns, smashes, breaks, beats and shoots laminated glass. His use of gratuitous violence offers visual metaphor for the afterlives of slavery, if not the crisis of the 21st century. The unwillingness of liberal democracy to orientate a humane and inclusive civil society beyond gross consumerism and the spectacle of screen culture. He is currently represented by Ethan Cohen New York.


  • BFA, Indiana University Bloomington
  • MFA, MS, Pratt Institute



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