Marc Shank is a Kansas City, Mo. artist whose work consists of large-scale acrylic and ink paintings as well as silk-screen prints. His creation, “Scurvyville” http://www.scurvyville.com/ is an art/comic character series that immerses visitors in the day-to-day lives of the oddball residents of a small but plucky fictional town. Piece by piece, the series walks viewers through a fly-on-the-wall tour of the town’s streets, alleyways and mysterious hangouts, revealing the quirky and sometimes humorous inner lives of Scurvyville’s residents. Complete with backstories and bios for Shank’s ever-growing community of characters, each painting exists as a location on the town’s expansive hand-made map, showcasing the broad, evolving scope of Scurvyville and its story.
His work has been showcased at various galleries and publications throughout the Midwest and was recently the focus of a two-month, one-man exhibition at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Mo. In 2012, his work received national attention on the the MSN Travel Video Series Re:Discover.
Shank started drawing at the age of three, and took particular inspiration from his grandmother, who was a painter. A native of Liberal, Kan., Shank’s creative abilities are diverse, including degrees in both graphic design and illustration from the University of Kansas, certification in Web and multimedia and experience as a photojournalist with the nationally published newspaper USA Today. Shank’s work relies heavily on the interaction of his viewers, as they are at the center of each piece as the voyeuristic observer. As such, he enjoys engaging the public in the process of his work and discussing their insights and deductions regarding the subtle visual cues that run through each piece.