Spirit Wood, 2015, Acrylic on Terraskin paper, 84 X 58.5 cm


Artist Statement

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, and transformation.

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.
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.


My two current series of paintings are entitled Germination and Stone and Bone.  They are linked by the distinct techniques I use to create them.  My work explores 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.

 

 

Contact:


Shannon McManus

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

srbmcmanus@gmail.com

(416) 455 8247


Studio visits by appointment.

Spirit Wood II, 2015, Acrylic on Terraskin paper 99 X 70 cm

Shannon McManus Paintings