Nov 9, 2023

Remembering Shawn Rivett: A Visionary Designer and Artist


early Five years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with an extraordinary artist, Shawn Rivett. Today, I write in memory of a visionary whose talents surpassed mere design. Shawn's creativity manifested in the most intricate chandeliers, not of crystal or glass, but of antlers—each piece a testament to the wild beauty of Wyoming.

Shawn's journey began in Casper, WY, where he drew inspiration from the rugged landscapes and the spirit of the old West. His art was a bridge between the past and present, turning the discarded remnants of nature into contemporary masterpieces. It was March of 2020 when Shawn left us, but his legacy is immortalized in every curve and detail of his creations.

I recall a specific instance that encapsulates Shawn's dedication: a video shoot capturing him installing a custom chandelier in a Colorado Springs home. The piece, a fusion of nature and artistry, had traveled from Casper, finding its new home amidst the backdrop of modern luxury—a symbol of Shawn's ability to harmonize the rustic with the refined.

Shawn's work is a narrative of contrasts—cowboys and wildlife, steel yards and recycling, all converging into a unique artistic perspective. His accolades were many, with features in prestigious publications like Mountain Living, Big Sky Journal, and Cowboys & Indians. His art graced galleries and museums, solo and group exhibitions alike.

His collaborations with top interior designers and architects brought forth lighting designs and sculptures that are more than mere fixtures; they are stories told through the medium of antler and metal, stories of Wyoming's wild heart.

As we continue to admire Shawn's work, available for those who seek a piece of his vision, we are reminded of the artisan's touch in every piece. His portfolio, a mosaic of his life's work, is a source of inspiration and a reminder of the indelible mark he left on the world of design.

In honor of Shawn Rivett, we look to his art to find the beauty in nature's gifts and the stories they tell. He may no longer be with us, but through his work, Shawn's spirit continues to illuminate homes and hearts.