Shaun Thurston is a Jacksonville native known for creating inventive paintings, vibrant street art and murals that celebrate the natural world. His artwork has been included in exhibitions at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Art Basel in Miami and featured in Project Atrium at MOCA Jacksonville with two pieces in the permanent collection. His murals appear locally throughout Jacksonville, some have become considered Northeast Florida landmarks characteristic to the region. In 2016, he completed a science-inspired mural on the exterior wall of the Museum of Science and HIstory.
Thurston’s work can also be seen in prominent locations around Atlanta, where he spent a few years working with designers and building scenery for the television/film industry. Through contacts built in the Atlanta art community, he became involved in live outdoor mural exhibitions, notably Living Walls and Forward Warrior. Thurston still maintains strong connections to the area and recently participated in a 2017 group exhibition at Notch 8 Gallery in historic Southeast Atlanta.
A devout lover of nature, Thurston’s murals have primarily featured flora and fauna, at times rendered with elements that touch on the dreamlike and otherworldly. The artist is equally known for using these same themes, albeit on a smaller scale, with his gallery works, which present landscapes and figures morphed through the revelations of a surrealist.