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Shamir announces debut book But I'm a Painter

03 August 2021, 11:36 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Shamir has announced his first book But I'm a Painter, which he describes as "mixed media chapbook of essays about all the paintings I've done in early adulthood."

But I'm a Painter will be Shamir's debut book, and is described by the multi-talented artist as a "mixed media chapbook of essays about all the paintings I've done in early adulthood between the ages of 21 till now (I'm almost 27)."

Shamir Bailey added of the book in a statement, "I was once described by my close friend and frequent collaborator Fiona Campbell as 'cursed with talent.' I could not have resonated with this sentiment more. Many have described me as a 'jack of all trades,' and I guess I would too. Having multiple skills and talents in a world of side hustles and late stage capitalism can feel overwhelming when you're already a full time artist. I started painting as a child before I even picked up the guitar. Although music engulfed my life, painting was always my first love. But I’m a Painter begins with me disillusioned after a rocky descent into the music industry, desperately trying to find a creative outlet that didn’t feel immediately exploited. Rediscovering my love of painting helped me get in touch with my inner child and granted me catharsis at times when music and writing weren't enough. But I’m a Painter chronicles my paintings and the stories behind them. It's an insight into the mind of an artist who’s scrapbooking their life via a paintbrush."

Following the release of Shamir's self-titled album last year, Shamir has released various covers of tracks including Billie Eilish's "Ocean Eyes" and Sharon Van Etten's "DsharpG".

Shamir's But I'm a Painter book will be released 27 August, and is available to pre-order now.
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