Born 1976, York, Nebraska
Lives and works in Joshua Tree, California

photograph by Mark V. Lord

Aaron Sheppard speaks eloquently about constructing and 
projecting identity, religiousity, sexuality, and a 
counter-factual historicism. His filter is the culture's 
love of fame and/or pornography, mixed with the romance 
and perversion of classical allegorical portraiture. His 
lavish materiality finds a narrative function for neon 
light tubes, thick heavy paint, and extreme mannerism 
in his mostly nude figures, forcing people to deal with
the inconvenient object and not just the idea of it.

Art history is used as a case study for cognitively 
accepting the chaotic simultaneity of paradoxical life 
experiences, expressive of the messy exuberane of memory
and desire. As observed by his spirit-guide, the incend-
iary philosopher Georges Bataille, "The need to go 
astray, to be destroyed, is an extremely private, distant, 
passionate, turbulent truth." And Aaron sincerely 
recommends going astray.

-Shana Nys Dambrot

I think of the artist Aaron Sheppard as the person who is 
willing to jump off the rocks into the water first, the 
height does not scare him, nor the sensation of cold 
ocean water, or whatever lurks beneath the choppy waves…
or maybe it does, but he is still determined to make the 
dive, to be in the moment of discovery, of danger, of 
sensation. Courage and joy, danger and beauty, these 
elements all playinto a life fully experienced. Immersive 
and intense, Aaron’s work embraces this way of living…
The artist combines the delectably ribald with a sense the 
painterly modernism in a wide-ranging body of work that in-
cludes assemblages, installations, performances, and mixed 
media works.
Fragmenting static ideas of sexuality and gender identity, 
he uses his own body and image as subject repeatedly. 
Aaron layers this syntax with motifs from diverse sources 
including 20th century art, erotica, literature, mythology, 
popular culture, folktales and religion. The oeuvre may be 
seen as delightfully exhibitionist because it is constantly 
seems engaged in the sexy theatrics of display. However, 
there is also a sense of extreme vulnerability and it is 
this profound fragility that makes Aaron’s work powerful. 
-Rosa JH Berland



Areas of Specialization 
Painting, Performance, Sculpture, Drawing, Video, Installation

2006-09     MFA, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
1995-99     BFA with Hon., Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC

Selected Exhibitions
2017        HONEY IN THE HOLE, 12" of Sin Vol. VI, Las Vegas, NV
            XXYXO, La Matadora Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA
            MERMAIDS AND MATADORAS, La Matadora Gallery, JT, CA
            SENSITIVE WHITE BOY SYNDROME, Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
            ATMOS@ALTES, Berlin, Germany and PVAC, USA
            MIRRORED STRANGER, ACE Hotel, Palm Springs, CA
            THE JOSHUA TREENIAL, Joshua Tree, CA
            N&N, Hinterzimmer, Karlsruhe, Germany
2016        TIMELINE OF TASTEE, Cowgirl, New York, NY
            TALES OF THE FLESH 2, Western Project, Los Angeles, CA
            PERFORMANCENIGHT, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden 
               Künste, Karlsruhe, Germany
            FUR & BUR-GRR, Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
2015        THANKS FOR LETTING ME SIT ON YOU, Salon De Luncheonette,
               Brooklyn, NY
            LIKE, OUT OF WATER (pt2), Joshua Treenial, Joshua Tree, CA
LIKE, OUT OF WATER (pt1), Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL, Las Vegas, NV SKULL, Donna Beam Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 2014 PINK BOX, 6th Annual Perform Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA 2013 MOIST GILDING, Western Project, Los Angeles, CA SEEING VOICES, Donna Beam Gallery, UNLV LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL, Las Vegas, NV 2012 BACON, Western Project, Los Angeles, CA THE GLOBAL CLIMACTERIC, Jaus, Santa Monica, CA 2011 TISCH IM RAUM, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria LOCALS ONLY: AARON SHEPPARD, CENTERpiece Gallery, Las Vegas, NV CONCEPTUALIZING THE BODY, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College, Old Westbury, NY 2010 YONIC INVERSION, Western Project, Los Angeles, CA 2009 THE FIRST SIX YEARS, Western Project, Los Angeles, CA TALES OF THE FLESH, Western Project, Los Angeles, CA AARON SHEPPARD, Fringe Festival, Adelaide, Australia DRUNK, Alios, Las Vegas, NV SOME FUTURE SOMETIME, Reed Wipple Gallery, Las Vegas, NV LIPSTICKAFORKINME, Donna Beam Gallery, UNLV 2008 MAID IN CHINA(TOWN), Chinese Biennale, Ku Art Center, Beijing, China ON BEING GOOD, Reed Wipple Gallery, Las Vegas, NV THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAKING A LIVING AND MAKING A KILLING, MCQ Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV MIDWAY, Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas, NV MIDWAY, Grant Hall Gallery, UNLV 2007 AOTM BOMBSHELL, Yokohama Boogie: Under the Influence, ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan TOPOLOGO, Double-D Gallery, New York, NY 3DIMENTIA, Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV 2006 LOST IN SPEGAS, DUMBO Arts Festival, DUMBO Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY ROOM #11515, Stardust Casino, Las Vegas, NV NUNSLAUGHTER, JMX Productions, Los Angeles, CA GRAND OPENING, A6 Gallery, Henderson, NV ARTPULSE LAUNCH, New York, NY 2005 EX-CORPSE, XC Projects, Scope Miami International Art Fair, Miami, FL DESIGN THIS!, Volume 1E Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
MADE IN AMERICA, Pickled Art Center, Beijing, China 2004 ABRACADAVER, Here Art Center, New York, NY US vs. THEM, Peekskill Project, Vara Art and Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY HEART OF RED FISH MAN, Multiplicity, Ilnacullin, Garnish Island, Ireland ANATOMICALLY CORRECT, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY PEOPLE I'VE KNOWN AND THOSE I'VE NEVER MET, Volume 1E Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2003 SNATCH N' STIFF FESTIVAL, CBGB & OMFUG (Main Stage and 313 Gallery), New York, NY 2002 THIS IS BLINDSNATCH, Fake!, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA OXYGEN, White Box Gallery, New York, NY MAXXXED OUT, Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ T&A, GV/AS Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2001 PLAY - : - -, The Scene Gallery, New York, NY ART HEALS, The Eyebeam Atelier, New York, NY THE SHOW, Clemente Soto Cultural Center, New York, NY 2000 NEW SAMBA, 291 Gallery, London, England IMAGING THE WUNDERBOARD, London Biennale, Center for Freudian Research and Analysis, London, England VIVA LOST ELVIS, Monk Gallery, Brooklyn, NY SINDROHM, CBGB & OMFUG, New York, NY 1999 POWDER DUST, Power Studios Gallery, Miami, FL PESCADITO SALSAFRITO, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC 1998 UNTITLED, Center for Collaborative Art and Visual Education, Washington, DC POPSTARS, Club Alcatraz, Washington, DC UNTITLED, Bound Gallery, Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD FATHERS AND SONS, Burkholder Project, Lincoln, NE 1997 BILLBOARDS OF PANGEA, Squirrel-Bate Quasi-International, Washington, DC 1995 AARON SHEPPARD, Surya Gallery, Lincoln, NE UNTITLED, Miscellanea, Lincoln, NE UNTITLED, The Coffee House, Lincoln, NE 1994 UNTITLED, The Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, CO UNTITLED, The Art of Craft Gallery, Denver, CO UNTITLED, The Gallery, Overland Park, KS Public Collections Marjorie Barrick Museum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas The 705, Las Vegas, NV Sheldon Museum of Art, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, University of Nebraska, Lincoln Virginia Cable & Wireless Corporation, Vienna, VA