China, 2018 an 2019:
In spring 2018, Shannon’s paintings appeared in three exhibitions in China. The shows in art museums in Taishan, Zingdezhen and Guandong received widespread media attention.
In 2019, her works were again exhibited at shows in Beijing and Guandong.
Twelve works were exhibited in the Briarly Room of the historic Montgomery's Inn, a museum/gallery operated by the City of Toronto, Canada.
Shannon will be exhibiting at the museum once again sometime in 2021.
The four series of paintings I have predominantly been working on are:
The Magic Landseries is about nature and transformation.
The Germination Series of paintings conveys the growth and the creation of life.
The MigrationSeries was sparked by the refugee crisis across the world. It conveys the migration of living things.
The Stone and Bone Series reflects my connection to the natural world in all its forms.
Magic Land series: Titania Wood
Drawings: Fishing Boats, Fish and Water
Migration Series: Arctic Sea,
My abstract paintings depict visions of a natural world largely untouched by humankind. They portray the alchemic reactions inherent in stone, water, and earth; in decay, germination, migration and transformation.
The colourful palettes I use reflect my longstanding interest in Persian and Indian miniature art, mediaeval and Flemish painting, and early 20th century illustration. At one time, I produced oil paintings based on these historical works. My work has evolved and I now find expression in abstraction.
Germination Series: Carnival II
My works are linked by the distinct techniques I use to create them. I explore texture, shape, and colour. I apply and manipulate layers of acrylic paint and mediums on Terraskin or Yupo paper. I devise effects with pigments (occasionally oil-based) and a great deal of water. Some of the effects originate by painting “wet on wet”, while others involve painting over, and stripping paint from, layers that have thoroughly dried. I create high abstraction by summoning imagery to elicit expressions of caves, stone, fire, water, vegetation, and creature-like forms.
My paintings express the full spectrum of emotions, including feelings of exultation, sorrow, transformation, and isolation. Some reflect a strong connection to the natural world; others convey fear evoked by the mystery of human consciousness and the enormity of the universe.
Stone and Bone series: Spring Pond,
"For years, I dreamt of vivid and colourful paintings. The dreams became more frequent and intense and only abated when I began studying and producing art."
- Shannon McManus