Shawn Serfas was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He grew up exploring the northern reaches of his home province’s lakes and river systems. Prince Albert, often called the gateway to the north, is located in the broad valley of the North Saskatchewan River near the geographical center of the province where the agricultural prairie of the south meets the rich forest belt of the north. It is close to the famous Emma Lake artist’s school where many influential artists have lived and worked.
Although initially drawn to an academic career in the environmental sciences, he pursued Fine Arts and Art History degrees in Saskatchewan as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Alberta. He has taught for the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia. Shawn is now an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts department at Brock University, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. His interests include relational abstraction, environmental aesthetics, religion, and the landscape. He likes to explore the relationship between abstraction and representation.